Category Archives: Stingray / Hailstorm

BuzzFeed: DHS Has Used A Controversial Cell Phone–Tracking Device More Than 1,800 Times

BuzzFeed: DHS Has Used A Controversial Cell Phone–Tracking Device More Than 1,800 Times by Adolfo Flores: The information, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, shows that Homeland Security Investigations, a major investigative arm of DHS, used what’s known … Continue reading

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NY, Kings Co.: Use of a Stingray violates defendant’s REP in his cell phone

Use of a Stingray violates defendant’s reasonable expectation of privacy in his cell phone. It cannot be compared at all to a pen register. People v. Gordon, 2017 NY Slip Op 27364, 2017 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 4285 (Kings Co. Nov. … Continue reading

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DC: Using Stingray to track a cell phone is a 4A search because it extracts cell phone numbers from phones

The use of a Stingray device by the police to track a cell phone is a search governed by the Fourth Amendment. Stingrays “[f]orce the person’s cellphone to identify itself and reveal its exact location. It is in this sense … Continue reading

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arstechnica: ICE: We don’t use stingrays to locate undocumented immigrants

arstechnica: ICE: We don’t use stingrays to locate undocumented immigrants by Cyrus Farivar: The acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal agency charged with deportations, has confirmed in a new letter that it does not use cell-site … Continue reading

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N.D.Cal.: Use of a Stingray to track a phone is a search requiring a warrant, except in exigent circumstances

Use of a Stingray is a “search” and requires a warrant. The court notes the differing approaches of the courts, but this court has already weighed in in favor of the citizen. “Accordingly, the court determines that a warrant was … Continue reading

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MD: Court order to access def’s location from murder victim’s cell phone by cell site simulator was in good faith

The use of a cell site simulator to find defendant who was suspected of having taken his alleged murder victim’s cell phone was done in objective good faith because officers relied on an order to initiate the tracking. [Since Maryland … Continue reading

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techdirt: DOJ Tells Court There No Need To Establish A Warrant Requirement For Stingray Devices

techdirt: DOJ Tells Court There No Need To Establish A Warrant Requirement For Stingray Devices by Tim Cushing:

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ars technica: FBI didn’t need warrant for stingray in attempted murder case, DOJ says

ars technica: FBI didn’t need warrant for stingray in attempted murder case, DOJ says by Cyrus Farivar Prosecutors: “signals emitted from a phone are… not by their nature private.”

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Courthouse News Service: Albuquerque Police Call Spying Tech So Secret They Can’t Even Say They Have It

Courthouse News Service: Albuquerque Police Call Spying Tech So Secret They Can’t Even Say They Have It by Victoria Prieskop:

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Albuquerque Journal: ACLU: Albuquerque Police mum on cellphone spying technology

Albuquerque Journal: ACLU: Albuquerque Police mum on cellphone spying technology by Maggie Shepard:

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WaPo: D.C. appeals court poised to rule on whether police need warrants for cellphone tracking

WaPo: D.C. appeals court poised to rule on whether police need warrants for cellphone tracking by Tom Jackman: Last year, a Maryland appeals court agreed and ruled that Baltimore police could not use evidence collected by a cell-site simulator in … Continue reading

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Tenth Amendment Center: Massachusetts Bill Would Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying

Tenth Amendment Center: Massachusetts Bill Would Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying by Mike Maharrey: BOSTON, Mass. (March 10, 2017) – A Massachusetts bill would generally prohibit the warrantless use of stingray devices and the collection of electronic data stored by service … Continue reading

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