~~Sometimes in this BLOG series, as an attorney who cares, I sometimes leap onto my soapbox (no I do not have a soap box). We have discussed drones. We have discussed how lazy the law has been to keep up with the internet. After all the years that we have had drones, it does seem crazy and lazy just now to have our legislators address “regulations” on private drones and related property rights.
OKAY, back to StingRays. Did you know that even some lawyers do not know that law enforcement types have “cell site simulators? These “StingRays” have been in use by law enforcement for approximately ten years! These cheap (at least cheap for bad guys who can easily steal enough money to buy/make/steal them, but more on that later) entrapment babies can remotely penetrate walls with their signals and obtain all information that you cell phone carrier has on you--- right from your phone and everyone else’s phone in your house! This is beyond cell tower tracking and GPS tracking. Law enforcement can utilize these aquatic animals (StingRay, KingFish, triggerfish, [you get the picture]) to know sooooooo much about us!
Law enforcement locates your cell source signal without going through the carrier and thus…… usually try to avoid historical warrant requirements. They search your car, home, phone and person with the aid of these StingRays.
Why have we not heard more about this stuff before? Perhaps is it because of non-disclosure agreements the manufacturers have with the law enforcement agencies?
FOR YOU, if you care about your privacy, you may want to follow as many non-headlines material you can to see how this legal area of security, law enforcement, warrants etc. proceeds.
If you want to feel even better, let us think about how… if Law Enforcement has these toys, the “bad guys” likely have them or will scramble to soon have them. Who is snooping on whom?
BE VIGILANT AND CAREFUL OUT THERE!