Local police cell phone snooping highlights lack of surveillance oversight

In December, a congressional oversight committee released a report on the use of cell-site simulators, and claimed federal authorities only use the mobile phone surveillance devices to determine suspects' locations, rather than to intercept content. A new investigation, however, shows that local law enforcement, at least, has often been using the sophisticated surveillance technology under … Continue reading Local police cell phone snooping highlights lack of surveillance oversight

House Oversight Committee calls for clearer rules on cell-site simulators

A report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, released last week, provides new details on the federal government's use of "cell-site simulators" -- cell phone surveillance devices also commonly known as Stingrays or IMSI-catchers -- and suggests changes to policies governing their use. The report confirms that federal agencies -- primarily the … Continue reading House Oversight Committee calls for clearer rules on cell-site simulators

More IMSI-Catcher Revelations, Including That ‘Stingrays’ May Soon Be Obsolete

The existence of IMSI-catchers, or "Stingrays" as the cell phone surveillance devices are known by their brand name, was first reported a few years ago, but many people remain unfamiliar with them. While many details about how they're used by various law enforcement agencies remain unknown, more continue to emerge. Last week documents were revealed, … Continue reading More IMSI-Catcher Revelations, Including That ‘Stingrays’ May Soon Be Obsolete