Widespread secret warrentless stingray usage

Daily CallerA detective’s court testimony Monday revealed that Baltimore law enforcement is spying on residents at an incredible rate without a warrant — and doing their best to hide it.

Detective Michael Dressel testified that Baltimore law enforcement have used “sting rays”–devices that can track personal cell phone data and location–without court orders, The Baltimore Sun reports. Police said they have used sting rays 4,300 more than times since 2007.

This particular case is in Baltimore, but I've seen other stories from all over the US. I have no particular problem with stingray use so long as the police obtain a warrant first and only extract information from the targeted phone. But that's not how the stingray devices work; they collect everything in the vicinity including individuals completely unrelated to the investigation.

Mind you, a competent encryption infrastructure would render all of this moot. Let's get one in place already.

This entry was published Tue Apr 28 12:50:30 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-04-28 12:50:30.0. [Tweet]

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