Govt. Agencies Get New Regulation On Stingray Phone Monitors
Rights groups welcome the transparency and privacy federal regulations will bring, but say more state-level rules are needed.By Evan Thomas | September 4, 2015
Federal law enforcement is getting tighter restrictions on its secretive stingray devices. For the privacy-minded, that’s good news because these stingrays are designed to target our phones.
First: Stingray is a brand name from the Harris Corporation that’s come to represent a general class of cellphone monitoring device called a cell-site simulator. Think Kleenex or Band-Aid but for surveillance hardware. (Video via Harris Corporation)
Stingrays are briefcase-sized boxes that imitate cell towers and force nearby phones to connect to them rather than the legitimate receivers. They can track a given phone’s location in real time and access any calls, texts and other data it sends.