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:

ALBUQUERQUE (CN) — The ACLU sued Albuquerque for information on how its police use Stingray cellphone spying technology, and whether they use it for immigration enforcement, but Albuquerque claims all such records are confidential — including whether they use Stingrays at all.

International Mobile Subscriber Identity catchers — also known as cell-site catchers or Stingrays — simulate cell phone towers, pulling in all cellphone use within a certain distance. They can scan an area near targets of investigations for location and usage information, and in some cases can listen to conversations and track texts on phones in range, including those which have nothing to do with the investigation.

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