Category Archives: Cell site simulators

CA4: Ptf’s 4A claim cell site simulator used on him remanded to District Court for more factfinding

Plaintiff sued because the Baltimore Police Department used a cell site simulator to locate him, and that violated the Fourth Amendment. The district court’s findings are based on an inadequate record and the case is remanded for more factfinding. Andrews … Continue reading

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FL4: Use of cell site simulator under CSLI order 4A violation; no GFE because of lack of contrary authority

In 2012, well before Carpenter, the police used a cell site simulator under CSLI order to track defendant. There was no binding authority at the time for the state to rely on. By the time this case reaches appeal, the … Continue reading

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MD: MTA “fare sweep” resulted in def’s detention without RS

A “fare sweep” on an MTA train in Baltimore led to defendant being detained. Officers ran his name and found a record. At a station, a scuffle ensued, one of the officers shouted “gun” and defendant was wrestled to the … Continue reading

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Shawdowproof: Detroit Police Spent More than Half Million Dollars on Cell-site Simulator to Track People’s Locations

Shawdowproof: Detroit Police Spent More than Half Million Dollars on Cell-site Simulator to Track People’s Locations by Camille Fassett:

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Cal.4th: Use of cell site simulator with SW was reasonable

The use of a cell site simulator with a search warrant to locate defendant’s cell phone was reasonable. The issue on appeal was whether the trial court abused its discretion in denying a motion to continue while the defense tried … Continue reading

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The Hill: Are the Chinese and Russians listening to your phone calls?

The Hill: Are the Chinese and Russians listening to your phone calls? by Julian Gehman with cell site simulators? I’m not worried about them listening to mine because I only bitch about Russians and I’m 1,000 miles away, but too … Continue reading

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FL: Use of Stringray to find def to arrest him was valid or valid under GFE

The use of a Stingray cell site simulator to find defendant to find him to arrest him didn’t violate the Fourth Amendment. Even if it did, the good faith exception makes it valid here. Andres v. State, 2018 Fla. LEXIS … Continue reading

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FL4: Use of cell site simulator requires SW

Warrantless use of a cell site simulator to capture cell phone calls violates the Fourth Amendment. That information was used to get a search warrant for CSLI. State v. Sylvestre, 2018 Fla. App. LEXIS 12671 (Fla. 4th DCA Sep. 6, … Continue reading

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WaPo: FBI surveillance devices may interfere with 911 calls, U.S. senator says

WaPo: FBI surveillance devices may interfere with 911 calls, U.S. senator says by Aaron Gregg: In a letter to the Justice Department, Sen. Ron Wyden raised the concern that Stingray phone surveillance devices could “completely disrupt” cell services, citing conversations … Continue reading

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CA4: Ptf’s 1983 claim a Stingray was used on him survives Heck bar

Plaintiff’s claim that he was the subject of unlawful surveillance with a Stingray survives a Heck challenge and can proceed. Marcantoni v. Bealefeld, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 22798 (4th Cir. Aug. 16, 2018):

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D.D.C.: Def’s IAC claim a Stingray was used was speculative at best; govt already had plenty from lawful sources

Even if a Stingray was used to get defendant’s information, which is speculative at best, the government lawfully used a host of other information gathering devices and orders to get the same information. Therefore, he wasn’t prejudiced. IAC claim denied. … Continue reading

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N.D.Cal.: Cell-site simulator requires SW; state law doesn’t permit federal officers to execute state SW

(1) The government’s disclaiming a critical fact in the affidavit for search warrant undermines the probable cause vitiating the warrant. (2) “Use of a cell-site simulator requires a warrant. See United States v. Ellis, 270 F. Supp. 3d 1134, 1141-46 … Continue reading

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WaPo: Signs of sophisticated cellphone spying found near White House, U.S. officials say

WaPo: Signs of sophisticated cellphone spying found near White House, U.S. officials say by Craig Timberg:

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US News & World Report: Judge: NYPD Cellphone Tracking Tech to Remain Secret

US News & World Report: Judge: NYPD Cellphone Tracking Tech to Remain Secret by AP: The New York Police Department won’t have to release details about its portable cellphone tracking system commonly known as Stingrays.”

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Wired: DC’s Stingray Mess Won’t Get Cleaned Up

Wired: DC’s Stingray Mess Won’t Get Cleaned Up by Lily Hay Newman:

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InCyberDefense: IMSI Catchers Revive a Heated Debate on Privacy versus Security

InCyberDefense: IMSI Catchers Revive a Heated Debate on Privacy versus Security by Wes O’Donnell. States where used:

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