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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

"Does cellphone-sweeping ‘StingRay’ technology go too far?"

From WHYY, via the NACDL news scan:

Civil liberties and privacy groups are increasingly raising objections to the suitcase-sized devices known as StingRays or cell site simulators that can sweep up cellphone data from an entire neighborhood by mimicking cell towers. Police can determine the location of a phone without the user even making a call or sending a text message. Some versions of the technology can even intercept texts and calls, or pull information stored on the phones.

Part of the problem, privacy experts say, is the devices can also collect data from anyone within a small radius of the person being tracked. And law enforcement goes to great lengths to conceal usage, in some cases, offering plea deals rather than divulging details on the StingRay.

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With the power comes the responsibility, I guess something like this was advised by Spider-man's uncle, similarly here, the power that this device comes, must be used responsibly and not to steal data or manipulate or control the calls and texts.

Posted by: Paul Carrillo | Nov 29, 2017 2:38:44 AM

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