techdirt: EFF, ACLU And Public Records Laws Team Up To Expose Hidden Stingray Use By The Milwaukee Police Department

techdirt: EFF, ACLU And Public Records Laws Team Up To Expose Hidden Stingray Use By The Milwaukee Police Department by Tim Cushing:

The EFF and ACLU — along with the assistance of a very fortuitous public records request by Stingray-tracker extraordinaire Mike Katz-Lacabe — have uncovered more hidden use of IMSI catchers by law enforcement. A criminal prosecution relying on real-time tracking of a suspect’s cell phone has finally led to the admission by Wisconsin police that they used a Stingray to locate defendant Damian Patrick.

The information wasn’t handed over to the court until the EFF, ACLU, and Katz-Lacabe’s FOIAed documents forced the government to admit it used the device. Up until that point, testimony given by officers gave the impression that tracking Patrick down only involved the use of records from his service provider. They also claimed the information pinpointing Patrick’s location in a parked vehicle was just a tip from an “anonymous source.”

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