Federal agency illegally spies on the cell phones of millions of Californians, according to ACLU.
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Hannah Miyamoto, News Editor
Citing Federal government use of “incredibly invasive surveillance technology” to attack Resisters, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Dec. 11 to force the agencies to disclose basic information about how it uses fake cell phone sites, or “Stingrays.” A “Stingray” can not only track the location of individuals and determine who they are calling, but also decode their encrypted phone calls, and even prevent them from making phone calls or use the Internet, all without a warrant or informing the victim.
“The ACLU has been asking for basic information about this program for years, and now we are asking a federal court to intervene.”
“The use of powerful surveillance and surreptitious surveillance equipment is worrying in any context, and even more so when ICE and CBP do so, agencies with a long history of abusive surveillance practices that include illegally tracking journalists and defenders and subjecting people to invasive searches of its electronic devices at the border,” added the ACLU.
“And when those agencies use these tracking technologies in secret, blocking our requests for information,” he continued, “we should all be worried. That is why today the ACLU and the New York Civil Liberties Union have filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to order CBP and ICE to produce a variety of records on their use, purchase and supervision of Stingrays. ”