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Judges Concerned Over “Stingray”; FBI Seeks More Power

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

March 28, 2013

The use of a surveillance system, “Stingray,” which simulates a cellphone tower to enable authorities to locate individual cellphones, has some judges expressing concern over the invasiveness of the technology, reports The Washington Post. There are two main concerns, judges and activists say: “whether federal agents are informing courts when seeking permission to monitor suspects, and whether they are providing enough evidence to justify the use of a tool that sweeps up data not only from a suspect’s wireless device but also from those of bystanders in the vicinity.” Meanwhile, the FBI is making it a “top priority” to gain more power to tap into all forms of Internet communications and cloud storage, reports Slate. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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