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Police stingray snooping technology shows how much our cellphones make us sitting ducks to surveillance

Feb 23, 2015 Police stingray snooping technology shows how much our cellphones make us sitting ducks to surveillance

Did George Orwell know that Internet and cellphone technology would one day arrive, giving law enforcement and many others new opportunities to severely invade our privacy?

It was only a matter of time that police would obtain and use stingray snooping technology that snoops not only on suspects, but even nearby non-suspects. Sometimes police obtain search warrants to stingray people, and sometimes not, and some judges issue stingray warrants on standards below the probable cause requirement of the Fourth Amendment.

Our knowledge about stingray technology is limited by the prosecutors would prefer to offer sweetheart negotiations to criminal defendants rather than be forced to comply with court orders to disclose the workings of the stingray technology.

Certainly, criminal defense lawyers need to be inquiring whether their clients were subjected to stingray surveillance.

Here is some more stingray information:

– See the links in this recent Washington Post article on stingray snooping.

ACLU’s map on the minimum of twenty states where law enforcement is using stingray technology.

Florida stingray documents obtained by the ACLU, and the ACLU’s overview on the documents.

More from the ACLU on stingray snooping.

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