New Justice Department Policy Requires Warrants for Cell-Site Simulators

The Justice Department released new guidelines that require the Department's law enforcement components to obtain a warrant before using cell site simulator devices, often referred to as "Stingrays." The policy prohibits officers from using Stingrays to intercept communications, and requires that all non-target data be deleted after use. Documents obtained by EPIC in a Freedom of Information lawsuit revealed the FBI was using the cell-site simulators without a warrant and supplying the technology to other law enforcement agencies. EPIC also filed amicus briefs in U.S. v. Jones and State v. Earls arguing that a warrant is required to obtain location information.


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