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[liberationtech] Stingray technology in use around the world?

Yosem Companys companys at stanford.edu
Thu Mar 3 08:32:40 PST 2016


From: Steve Anderson <steve at openmedia.ca>

Hi all -- I'm looking into Stingray/IMSI-capture
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stingray_phone_tracker> technology use and
wondering if anyone on this list knows of examples of where it is being
used around the world.

I've started a document to crowdsource examples of StringRay use here if
anyone is interested in contributing:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1B8HO8SSJrqJbmytsehStt-U3sw9KyLzHsehl9f81rDw/edit

Please add any examples you know about or email them to me. Examples I've
uncovered so far are also listed here below:


START:

Australia


   -

   Revealed in 2014
   <https://www.rt.com/news/170852-australia-stingray-police-phones/>


France (contemplated)

   -

   source
   <http://recode.net/2015/11/14/france-has-a-powerful-and-controversial-new-surveillance-law/>


Germany (with oversight):

   -

   source <https://www.privacyinternational.org/node/454>


Ireland:

   -

   Privacy International
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privacy_International> and The Sunday
   Times <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sunday_Times> reported on the
   usage of StingRays and IMSI-catchers in Ireland
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ireland>, against the Irish Garda
   Síochána Ombudsman Commission
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garda_S%C3%ADoch%C3%A1na_Ombudsman_Commission>
   (GSOC), which is an oversight agency of the Irish police force Garda
   Síochána <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garda_S%C3%ADoch%C3%A1na>.[35]
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stingray_phone_tracker#cite_note-35>[36]
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stingray_phone_tracker#cite_note-36>
   -


India:

   -

   2010 report
   <https://citizenlab.org/2010/05/indian-intelligence-officers-started-importing-927-imsi-catchers-in-2005/>



   -

Libya

   -

   source <http://www.wired.com/2012/05/ff_libya/>

Turkey:


   -

   Source <https://twitter.com/csoghoian/status/480407780352729088>


UK

   -

   On June 10, 2015 the BBC <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC> reported on
   an investigation by Sky News <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sky_News>[37]
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stingray_phone_tracker#cite_note-BBC_Sky-37>
   [38]
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stingray_phone_tracker#cite_note-london_met-38>
   about possible false mobile phone towers being used by the London
   Metropolitan Police
   <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Metropolitan_Police>. Commissioner
   Bernard Hogan-Howe refused comment.



US.

   -

   Boston police promise to release information on cellphone trackers.
   Source: New England Center for Investigative Reporting
   <http://necir.org/2016/02/29/boston-police-promise-to-release-information-on-cellphone-trackers/>.

   February 29, 2016
   -

   The author of the Patriot Act asked the FBI to justify stingrays.
   https://twitter.com/csoghoian/status/702632206267719680

   http://sensenbrenner.house.gov/uploadedfiles/stingray_technology_letter.pdf
   February 24, 2016
   -

   NYPD Has Used Stingrays More Than 1,000 Times Since 2008. Source: NYCLU
   <http://www.nyclu.org/news/nypd-has-used-stingrays-more-1000-times-2008>.

   February 11, 2016.
   -

   New York Police Have Used Stingrays Widely, New Documents Show
   <https://theintercept.com/2016/02/11/new-york-police-have-used-stingrays-widely-new-documents-show/>.
   Source: The Intercept
   <https://theintercept.com/2016/02/11/new-york-police-have-used-stingrays-widely-new-documents-show/>.

   February 11, 2016.
   -

   FBI says search warrants not needed to use “stingrays” in public places.
   Source: Ars Technica
   <http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/01/fbi-says-search-warrants-not-needed-to-use-stringrays-in-public-places/>
   .
   January 5, 2015.


CANADA.

   -

   What is a Stingray and why should I care? Source: OpenMedia.
   March 3, 2015
   -

   The cell phone spyware the police don’t want to acknowledge. Source: Toronto
   Star
   <https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2015/12/15/the-cellphone-spyware-the-police-dont-want-to-acknowledge.html>.

   December 15, 2015.
   -

   Vancouver police refuse to disclose use of covert cell spy tech.
Source: Global
   News
   <http://globalnews.ca/news/2335206/vancouver-police-refuse-to-disclose-use-of-covert-cell-spy-tech/>
   .
   November 13, 2015.
   -

   Are StingRay cellphone surveillance systems used by Vancouver police?
   Source: CBC
   <http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/stingray-surveillance-tower-vancouver-police-pivot-legal-1.3315694.>.

   November 12, 2015.
   -

   Is the Vancouver Police Department sweeping up your cell phone data?
   Source: OpenMedia
   <https://openmedia.org/en/vancouver-police-department-sweeping-your-cell-phone-data-0>.
   November 12, 2015.


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