Local police and sheriff's departments are using the Stingray — a mobile device that can track all our cell phone calls. The small electronic device that mimics a cell phone tower picks up both the location — and the communications — of any cell phone nearby. It's being used by law enforcement across the country for surveillance of criminal suspects. They don't need a warrant. But the cops can't talk about how they use Stingray because they signed non-disclosure agreements. Do they monitor suspects only or everybody nearby? How long do they keep the records? Obvious questions they say they can't answer. Some elected officials — and the ACLU -- want to know: is Stingray violating the personal privacy of innocent people?
Photo: Elvert Barnes
Peter Bibring, ACLU of Southern California, @PeterBibring
Scott Jones, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, @sacsheriff
Joe Simitian, Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, @SCCgov
Jorja Leap, UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs, @UCLALuskin