Congress Eyes Clampdown On 'Stingray' Phone Surveillance

Law360 (June 21, 2021, 5:59 PM EDT) -- Law enforcement agencies would be required to obtain a warrant in most cases to use cell site simulator devices, commonly known as "stingrays," to track people's mobile devices, under a newly introduced bill in the U.S. Senate.

The bipartisan measure that Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., are spearheading aims to reconcile "overlapping, confusing policies" at the federal, state and local levels toward authorities' use of devices that can intercept signals between cellphones and towers — an issue that has raised significant Fourth Amendment concerns.

Along with lawmakers, the Federal Communications Commission's acting Chair Jessica Rosenworcel flagged the issue...

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