- Published: Friday, January 29, 2016 12:49 PM
More commonly known as stingray devices, this technology acts as a cell phone tower and tricks phones in a particular area into thinking they are connecting to a phone tower operated by a service provider. Police then can use the fake tower – the stingray – to determine someone’s location, the serial numbers of phones in the area and more.
Stingray devices also can be used to block calls from cell phones, drain the battery life of phones connected to the simulator, block 3G and 4G connections to slow down service, employ malware in a connected phone and intercept the content of phone calls, web browsing and text messages.
Not only can police collect data on individuals using stingray devices, they could collect data on dozens or hundreds of other innocent people in the process as well.
“This technology presents a new opportunity for law enforcement, but it also is a powerful tool that should not be deployed without regulation,” Biss said. “We want to help law enforcement officers who use stingrays to know they are following state law and the parameters of the Constitution.”