After losing in court six months ago, Arizona-based reporter Beau Hodai filed an appeal earlier this week in an effort to force the City of Tucson and the Tucson Police Department to disclose records pertaining to their use of cell-site simulators.
Commonly referred to as “stingrays,” cell site simulators can be used to determine a person’s location by spoofing a cell tower; they can also be used to intercept calls and text messages. Once deployed, the devices intercept data from a target phone along with information from other phones within range of the stingray.
For years, federal and local law enforcement have tried to keep the existence of stingrays a secret while simultaneously upgrading their capabilities. Over the last year, as stingrays and stingray use have come under scrutiny, new information about the secretive devices has been revealed.
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