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 August 23, 2016  Court, Surveillance, U.S.

Abraham J. Rein of Post & Schell PC  writes:

In July, for the first time, a federal judge suppressed evidence in a criminal case from a device which, by mimicking a cell tower, can be used to geolocate a cellphone with surprising precision. The device is a cell-site simulator, often referred to as a “stingray.” Versions of the stingray have been used by federal law enforcement since at least the 1990s, and controversy has swirled around the device since a government-imposed veil of secrecy began to lift earlier this decade. Where does the recent federal decision fit in this history, and what might its impact be? Let’s begin with the case.