Stingray forbids cops using the cell tower spoofing technology from disclosing details of the device to defendants, judges and sometimes prosecutors. The device tracks cell phones.
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The major telecommunication firms — AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and Cricket — are not listed as operating the tower, located off I-485 in Charlotte on school property. The company that built it refuses to identify the operator or share its purpose with the public. Could this be a Stingray type operation, vacuuming up citizen phone calls for government surveillance?
Believe it or not reporter, Thom Jensen searched through something like 1000 search warrants and could not find a single instance of a judge allowing the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department to use the privacy-shattering device. He also found prosecutors had not been informed of such cases either. The StingRay technology uses a false cell tower to “vacuum in” cell traffic within a one mile radius. In another jurisdiction, officers are trained to credit the resulting information to confidential sources.