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OPLIN 4Cast #701: Stingray surveillance tools back in the spotlight

Posted in privacy

Last updated on November 24, 2020

With the protests and riots happening around the country this week, a controversial surveillance tool has again taken center stage. Known commonly as “stingrays,” these devices essentially impersonate cell phone towers and send out signals to fool cell phones in the area into transmitting their locations and identifying information. According to the ACLU they can also collect information from the phones of many bystanders who happen to be nearby.

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