FCC Says It Doesn't Control 'StingRay' Cellphone Tracking

By Joe Van Acker (April 29, 2015, 4:48 PM EDT) -- In a letter released by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, Chairman Tom Wheeler told a U.S. senator that the agency has essentially no authority over state and local law enforcement agencies' use of cellphone tracking devices known as "StingRays."

Wheeler's response to an inquiry by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., confirmed that the FCC's certification of the devices manufactured by Harris Corp. was contingent upon the conditions that they only be sold to law enforcement officials and that state and local agencies must coordinate their use of StingRays and other "International Mobile Subscriber Identity catchers" with the FBI, but revealed...

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