I have written about Zello several times. See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+zello&t=h_&ia=web for a list of my past articles about this very useful and very private cell phone app. Now it seems that a court in Connecticut has learned how private the app really is.
Various laws require police officers to turn over their personal phone records, if subpoenaed and if the phones were used for official police business. New London police officers Todd Lynch, Jeremy Zelinski, Joseph Pelchat and Ryan Griffin used their personal cell phones during a narcotics investigation and, with the help of the communications provided by Zello, were able to arrest the career criminal who is believed to be a drug dealer.
The officers brought their phones to Superior Court on Friday to show to Judge Hunchu Kwak, if necessary. The issues of the case had created some publicity earlier so Connecticut State’s Attorney Michael L. Regan also attended the hearing to learn first-hand about the issues.