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The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico has sued the city of Albuquerque, seeking records by the city’s police department about its use of stingrays, also known as cell-site simulators.
In May 2017, the ACLU of NM filed a public records request to the Albuquerque Police Department (which has been under federal monitoring for years), seeking a slew of information about stingrays.

The requested info included confirmation on whether the police had them, “policies and procedures,” and contracts with the Harris Corporation, among others materials.

Albuquerque denied many of these requests, citing a state law that allows some public records to be withheld on the grounds that they reveal “confidential sources, methods.” So, last week, the ACLU of NM sued.
As Ars has been reporting for years, stingrays are used by law enforcement to determine a mobile phone’s location by spoofing a cell tower.
In some cases, stingrays can intercept calls and text messages. Once deployed, the devices intercept data from a target phone along with information from other phones within the vicinity.

At times, police have falsely claimed the use of a confidential informant when they have actually deployed these particularly sweeping and intrusive surveillance tools. Often, they are used to locate criminal suspects.
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