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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wash. State Passes Law Requiring Warrants for Stingray Use

It's About Damn Time!

  • At the state level Dems and Republicans join to protect the Bill of Rights.  Meanwhile in Congress both parties fund a 1984 Police Surveillance State.

(The Olympian)  -  Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Monday that requires police to tell judges when they use a high-tech surveillance device called a cell site simulator.
Legislators in both the House and Senate unanimously approved the billauthored in part by state Rep. David Tayor, R-Moxee.
Civil libertarians lauded the bill’s signing, saying the state’s new law is one of the strongest in the nation.
“I don’t think our judicial system works if judges and those being charged don’t have a view into law enforcement activities that put them in the position that they’re in,” said Jared Friend, technology and liberty director for the Seattle American Civil Liberties Union.
A cell site simulator — commonly called “Stingray” — trick all nearby cellphones into connecting with it by mimicking a cell tower.
This newspaper revealed last year that the Tacoma Police Department has had a Stingray since 2008, the only state police agency known to have such a device. The paper reported in August that the department had used its device hundreds of times since 2009 to find criminal suspects without telling judges about its capabilities.
After report, Pierce County Superior Court judges demanded police notify them in requests to deploy the technology. Judges also made police promise to not keep data collected on nonsuspects.
The new law imposes similar requirements statewide, dictating that police get a warrant from a judge before deploying a cell site simulator. That warrant must disclose the use of the device. Police also must discard cellphone data from people who are not the specific target of a police investigation.
Some versions of the FBI nondisclosure agreement that police agencies must sign to obtain cell site simulators encourage officers to hide the use of the technology from judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys.
Stingray Tower Collects Private Info Without a Warrant

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Police State Spying Without a Warrant
This graphic illustrates how a StingRay works. Signals from cellphones within the device's radius are bounced to law enforcement. The information relayed may include names, phone numbers, locations, call records and even text messages. 
(Photo - News10 Sacramento)

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