White boxes popping up around U.S. cities may be monitoring cell phones

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by Carlos Otero

KMOV.com

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM

(KMOV) – White boxes have been popping up in cities around the country and they are reportedly being used to track you through your cell phone.

The boxes are part of what’s called a “mesh network.”

It uses Wi-Fi signals to store the IP address of the cell phones and keep track of everything from locations to the apps being used.

The system is being used by some cities as a tool for emergency response.

“When we have large public gatherings like the situation like in Boston and something bad happens the first thing we want to know is how are we using technology to capture that information.”

As you can guess, this system has many critics who say it should not be used for surveillance purposes. Some cities, like Seattle Washington, are not planning to start using it until it's reviewed by the city council.

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