Apr 052019
 April 5, 2019  Posted by  Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

Mike Maharrey writes:

A Massachusetts bill would prohibit the warrantless use of stingray devices and the collection of electronic data stored by service providers in most situations. Final passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Massachusetts; it would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

A bipartisan coalition of more than 70 representatives and senators have signed on to cosponsor House Bill 3422 (H3422). The legislation would help block the use of cell site simulators, known as “stingrays.” These devices essentially spoof cell phone towers, tricking any device within range into connecting to the stingray instead of the tower, allowing law enforcement to sweep up communications content, as well as locate and track the person in possession of a specific phone or other electronic device.

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