by Madison Ruppert, End The Lie:
The Seattle Police Department purchased a network in February to be used by emergency responders, though it is also capable of tracking devices with Wi-Fi enabled, revealing past location data and more.
Tracking smartphones with Wi-Fi enabled has become somewhat common. One company tracked pedestrians around London via high-tech trashcans and the practice of tracking shoppers via Wi-Fi is now widespread.
However, the “mesh network” purchased by Seattle police goes beyond just tracking location. It can find what applications have been downloaded, what type of device it is, the device’s IP address and both current and past locations of the device.
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