Chris Isherwood

Legal experts say that Wednesday’s landmark Supreme Court decision protecting cell phone privacy does not have any immediate implications for the use of cell tracking devices, known as stingrays. But the court’s ruling could point the way forward for future judicial consideration.
Relatively little is known about how, exactly, stingrays are used by law enforcement agencies nationwide, although new documents have recently been released showing how they have been purchased and used in some limited instances. Worse still, cops have lied to courts about their use. Not only can stingrays be used to determine location, they can also be used to intercept calls and text messages.
Newly published documents show that in July 2008, the Illinois State Police purchased more than $250,000 worth of “covert cellular tracking equipment” from the Harris Corporation, one of the primary manufacturers of stingrays.
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