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Cell phone spying takes a turn for the worse

On May 18, the Detroit News published a story documenting the first known example of a cell-site simulator (a military-grade surveillance tool used widely by state & local police across the U.S.) to track down someone suspected not of a national security threat or violent felony, but rather an immigration offense. The story includes a clever infographic explaining the technology, and quotes me at some length explaining that:

“Once you start giving agencies fancy toys, and somebody is making money off of it, they are going to use them for more things, and ultimately oppress your rights....Whether Trump was in office or someone else....”

The author was kind to offer me the last word, noting that:

Buttar proposes several restrictions. He wants all states to adopt laws requiring judicial authorization before local law enforcement agencies can use the device and limits on how long they can retain the data. “It should be used only in cases that could implicate violence or harm to human life,” Buttar said, “certainly not an immigration offense.”

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