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Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and prosecutors are promising judges, criminal defendants and the public will learn more about a once-secret cellphone surveillance program.

They have moved to address complaints from defense attorneys and privacy groups concerned that officers gather phone data from both suspects and innocent bystanders without proper oversight.

Among the changes:

CMPD for the first time is disclosing to judges how investigators track cellphones and other wireless devices, a rare step toward transparency for proceedings that take place out of public view.

People accused of crimes in Mecklenburg County may learn if police used a powerful phone surveillance device to locate and arrest them.

The Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s office this Spring will reveal results from a review of hundreds of criminal cases it launched after a judge unsealed related records to cellphone tracking.

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