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ID:

630

Date:

2013-03-27

Headline:

Little-known surveillance tool raises concerns by judges, privacy activists

Reporter's name:

Ellen Nakashima

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

Washington Post

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

Federal investigators applying for legal permission to conduct surveillance using cell-phone tower simulators have often failed to explain the technology or safeguards available to minimize the intrusive effect on non-suspects, according to documents released under the Freedom of Information Act. The Department of Justice has argued that it need not provide as much information because it is not using the technology to intercept conversations.

Notes:

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California obtained the documents; in one email, an official in the U.S. Attorney’s office for Northern California noted that “many agents are still using [StingRay] technology in the field…”

Keywords:

American Civil Liberties Union, California, Department of Justice, DOJ, US Attorney, surveillance, StingRay, cellphone tower, wireless, wiretapping, warrant

URL:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/little-known-surveillance-tool-raises-concerns-by-judges-privacy-activists/2013/03/27/8b60e906-9712-11e2-97cd-3d8c1afe4f0f_story.html


Agencies:

DOJ

States:

AZ
CA
DC
TX

Categories:

civil rights
justice
law enforcement
technology
telecommunications


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