Monday, March 2, 2015

Stingray Spying Devices Disrupt Cell Service, Feds Admit

A recent court filing appears to confirm what civil liberties groups have long feared: that a powerful telephone surveillance device used by federal and local law enforcement to target a particular phone affects others too.

The technology is known as Stingray, and it’s used to gather data on a specific mobile device. The feds haven’t said much about, arguing that they don’t want suspects to know how the system works, but groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have said it’s too invasive because “innocent” phones get swept up in the operation.

Stingray, the ACLU and others argue, disrupts cell service for any phone in the vicinity and for devices that use the same cell network. And not only has the Justice Department not said much about it, they have so far refused to answer any questions or even confirm what the ACLU asserts.

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