Federal Judge says FBI, Law Enforcement need Warrant to use Phone Sniffing Stingray

fbi


 Privacy took a blow last week when the NSA got permission to keep operating a massive dragnet. Here’s some better news: As of today, federal agents should have a harder time using Stingrays to spy on cell phones.

Today, the Department of Justice issued a new policy that requires federal agencies to get a search warrant before they deploy a “cell-site simulator,” aka Stingray, in all but the most dire circumstances.

(The Stingray is just the name of one specific device, made by the Harris Corporation, which pretends to be a cell tower in order to trick nearby phones into connecting to it.)


What kinds of exceptions are there? If the FBI or NSA or Homeland Security want to spy on a crowd filled with cellphones without a warrant—according to the policy—they’ll have to be actively trying to keep someone from getting killed or injured, keep evidence from being destroyed, or be in hot pursuit of a criminal who might otherwise escape. And even then, they need to note how many times they use those exceptions so someone can audit them later.

In addition, the new policy prohibits federal agents from collecting actual data from those phones. They shouldn’t be able to read email or text messages or even get a phone’s GPS coordinates—only the general location of a certain phone when they’re pursuing a suspect. And they need to erase that information, too, once per day, or as soon as they’re done with it. Whichever comes first.

Plus, they also need to get a court order justifying the surveillance in the first place.

Sounds like it should be pretty hard for anyone to use a Stingray to spy on your phone, yes? Well, sadly, there may still be some loopholes in here. The policy sounds pretty well-meaning, but it only applies to federal agenciesnot the regular police who’ve been buying up Stingrays and misusing them for all sorts of minor things.

And while it sounds like a lot of Ts to cross and Is to dot, so does the court order that these agencies are required to get. Except in the policy document, the Department of Justice says that these agencies were already satisfying that requirement, so perhaps they may find a way to easily rubberstamp the search warrant request or the dire circumstances, too.

The American Civil Liberties Union calls the policy “a positive first step”:

However, this policy does not adequately address all concerns. Disturbingly, the policy does not apply to other federal agencies or the many state and local police departments that have received federal funds to purchase these devices. In addition, the guidance leaves the door open to warrantless use of Stingrays in undefined “exceptional circumstances,” while permitting retention of innocent bystander data for up to 30 days in certain cases.

“The Justice Department must close these loopholes, and Congress should act to pass more comprehensive legislation to ensure that Americans’ privacy is protected from these devices and other location tracking technologies.

You can read the full policy for yourself right here.

Sean Hollister

Views: 53

"Destroying the New World Order"

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE SITE!

mobile page

12160.info/m

12160 Administrators

 

TOP CONTENT THIS WEEK

Latest Activity

Central Scrutinizer commented on Guardian of Scotland's status
"they gotta keep up the illusion in order to instill the sheeple's fear Ordo ab Chao or…"
12 minutes ago
Guardian of Scotland replied to stormtruther's discussion Are They Burning Dead Bodies In Wuhan, China To Hide The Inadvertent Release Of A Mortal Nerve Toxin? ( I vote plausible)
"How do we know what exactly they are incinerating in China pigs or humans? Why is all of this…"
1 hour ago
Central Scrutinizer commented on Central Scrutinizer's photo
1 hour ago
Central Scrutinizer posted photos
1 hour ago
cheeki kea commented on stormtruther's blog post Man kills two paedophiles in California prison when one started watching kids' TV
"Wow, yet again we see another deadly outcome resulting from from a mans voice going unacknowledged…"
2 hours ago
Doc Vega commented on Central Scrutinizer's photo
Thumbnail

My InterRacial Gay Dad's Gave Me Aids

"This kind of shit is already being shoveled into kids TV shows."
2 hours ago
Doc Vega commented on stormtruther's photo
Thumbnail

12160.info

"Now that's clarity!"
2 hours ago
Doc Vega favorited stormtruther's photo
2 hours ago
Chris of the family Masters favorited stormtruther's blog post Man kills two paedophiles in California prison when one started watching kids' TV
3 hours ago
stormtruther posted blog posts
3 hours ago
stormtruther commented on Central Scrutinizer's photo
Thumbnail

My InterRacial Gay Dad's Gave Me Aids

"the saddest part is i'm not entirely certain it is parody"
4 hours ago
Chris of the family Masters favorited stormtruther's photo
5 hours ago
Central Scrutinizer favorited stormtruther's photo
7 hours ago
Phyllis Maka posted blog posts
8 hours ago
King Of Cups commented on King Of Cups's blog post The Satanic and Masonic Unholy Church of Darwinism and Neo-Darwinism. Brought to you by the Illuminati controlled Royal Society
"The Theory of Evolution and the Big Bang Theory are nothing more than early examples of…"
9 hours ago
King Of Cups posted a blog post

The Satanic and Masonic Unholy Church of Darwinism and Neo-Darwinism. Brought to you by the Illuminati controlled Royal Society

Charles Darwin's Hidden Agenda for ScienceThe standard, long held view of the connection between…See More
9 hours ago
Maas favorited King Of Cups's blog post LGBT Movement: One of Cultural Marxism's Trojan Horses
10 hours ago
Maas commented on stormtruther's photo
Thumbnail

12160.info

"Pretty spicy!"
10 hours ago
King Of Cups commented on King Of Cups's blog post LGBT Movement: One of Cultural Marxism's Trojan Horses
""Leaderless resistance" reminds me of the failed "Occupy Movement" designed to…"
10 hours ago
Anthony Kimbrough favorited steve's blog post Finally exposing the HOAX/FKN LIE of "white male privilege
11 hours ago

© 2020   Created by truth.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service

content and site copyright 12160.info 2007-2019 - all rights reserved. unless otherwise noted