Judge Rejects 'Stingray' Tracking Evidence Gathered Without A Warrant
For the first time, a federal judge rejected evidence gathered from a "stingray" cellphone-tracking device. It's a win for privacy advocates.By Leah Becerra | July 13, 2016
A federal judge has ruled the Drug Enforcement Administration's use of a stingray to gather evidence in a drug case violated one man's Fourth Amendment rights.
A stingray is an electronic device that acts like a cellphone tower. By forcing nearby phones to connect to it instead of an actual tower, a stingray can collect phone numbers, location data, ingoing and outgoing calls and more.
In this particular case, the DEA used a stingray to find the location of a man's phone, which then led to the seizure of a kilogram of cocaine.