Chris Isherwood

A newly publicized document shows that five local police departments in southeastern Virginia have been secretly and automatically sharing criminal suspects’ telephone metadata and compiling it into a large database for nearly two years.
According to a 2012 memorandum of understanding (MOU) published for the first time Monday by the Center for Investigative Reporting, the police departments from Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Suffolk all participate in something called the “Hampton Roads Telephone Analysis Sharing Network,” or HRTASN.
The Peninsula Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, or PNETF, “will provide administrative and technical assistance to participating agencies in conducting pen register intercepts as described below.”
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