“Police nationwide are secretly exploiting intrusive technologies with the feds’ complicity, ” argues a new article on Alternet — calling out Stingray, which mimics a cellphone tower to identify every cellphone nearby. “It gathers information not only about a specific suspect, but any bystanders in the area as well… Some Stingrays are capable of collecting not only cell phone ID numbers but also numbers those phones have dialed and even phone conversations.” The ACLU says requests for more information have been meeting heavy resistance from police departments since 2011, with many departments citing nondisclosure agreements with Stingray’s manufacturer and with the FBI, and “often, the police get a judge’s sign-off for surveillance without even bothering to mention that they will be using a Stingray…claiming that they simply can’t violate those FBI nondisclosure agreements. “More often than not, police use Stingrays without bothering to get a warrant, instead seeking a court order on a more permissive legal standard. This is part of the charm of a new technology for the authorities: nothing is settled on how to use it.” Stingray is more than a 1960s TV series with puppets. Several state judges estimate there have been hundreds of instances where police have used the Stingray tool without a warrant or telling a judge. Slashdot reader Presto Vivace writes: This is why it matters who wins the mayor and city council races. Localities do not have to accept this technology. Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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How Militarized Cops Are Zapping Rights With Stingray