A lawsuit brought against the Chicago Police Department in an effort to learn whether it has used surveillance equipment to covertly scan people's cellphone data can proceed, a Cook County judge ruled Monday.
CPD was seeking to have the lawsuit dismissed.
The court action comes after the city released financial records last year involving its purchases of cellphone tracking devices. Chicago resident and software industry worker Freddy Martinez sued for the information.
The CPD, however, has not provided requested documents detailing how the department uses the equipment. On Monday, the judge set a January 25 deadline for the department to provide those records. The judge will then determine whether the documents can be released.