It’s just a small box, but it’s pretending to be something else entirely: a cell phone tower.
This technology has a sinister name, it's called a stingray, and if you haven’t noticed, it’s gotten a lot of attention recently.
Here is what you need to know:
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According to this article by Joel Hruska of ExtremeTech,
‘A stingray is a false cell phone tower that can force phones in a geographical area to connect to it. Once these devices connect, the stingray can be used to either hone in on a target’s location, or, with some models, actually eavesdrop on conversations, text messages, and web browser activity.'
Many find it disturbing that not only does mass surveillance continue to go unchecked, but that technology that enables illegal surveillance is trickling down to local law enforcement to use in the same manner the NSA surveils American citizens - without regulation, legal cause, or disclosure.
Nor is it a new phenomenon. Data interception via stingray by law enforcement has been going on for quite some time. Hruska continues to report in his ExtremeTech article,
‘As with license plate detectors, the police have eagerly embraced the idea of tracking the movements of innocent people with no regard for how that data might be misinterpreted or abused. They’ve signed NDAs with a company that seeks to circumvent the Freedom of Information Act, and avoided disclosing the existence of programs in order to avoid the chance of possible censure.’
To make matters worse, not only are stingrays being used without warrants from judges, but private investigators and law enforcement are allegedly reporting that they are using anonymous informants as sources during investigations to cover for their use of stingray technology.
Well actually no, it's not. Tim Clemente, former FBI counterterrorism agent reports , 'no digital communication is secure'. This means your phone calls, texts, emails, and browsing data.
It's clear by now there is no line in the sand regarding how far the government will take mass surveillance on federal, state, and local levels.
It is up to you to speak out about your views on surveillance, and take immediate steps to protect your own privacy.
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