The use of “stingrays” that capture data about cell phone calls has become increasingly controversial, but law enforcement agencies continue to embrace the devices. Just last week, IRS Director John Koskinen was questioned in the US Senate about his agency’s acquisition of a stingray for its criminal investigations.
Today, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) has said he’ll introduce a bill that will criminalize any use of a stingray without a warrant. He provided a draft copy of the bill to the Washington Examiner, which reports that violations would be punishable by a fine and up to 10 years in prison.
The text of the draft isn’t public yet, but the Examiner reports that it includes wide exemptions, including for situations involving “emergencies that include an ‘immediate danger of death,’ national security or … the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.”
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