Are police watching you through walls?

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The answer to that question is that, locally, probably not. But in other parts of the country a new device enables police to see through walls of homes and other buildings, giving new meaning to the old maxim, "You can run but you can't hide."

About 50 police departments across the country are using a device that can essentially see through walls of your home, according to USA Today.

The form of radar tells officers if anyone is home and can detect if someone inside is merely breathing, the newspaper reports.

The use of the device surfaced recently in a case heard by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

From the USA Today story:
Three judges on the federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the search, and [Steven] Denson's conviction, on other grounds. Still, the judges wrote, they had "little doubt that the radar device deployed here will soon generate many questions for this court."

But privacy advocates said they see more immediate questions, including how judges could be surprised by technology that has been in agents' hands for at least two years. "The problem isn't that the police have this. The issue isn't the technology; the issue is always about how you use it and what the safeguards are," said Hanni Fakhoury, a lawyer for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
We checked with the Colorado Springs Police Department about using this technology, and got this response from Sgt. Joel Kern, department spokesman: "We don't have the money for that!"

Nor, apparently, does the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. A spokesperson said deputies don't use the device.

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