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NYPD Regularly Remotely Accesses Your Phone Without Search Warrants: ACLU

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As we have reported before StingRays are a new technological danger against civil liberties.

StingRay is the brand name for a family of mobile-surveillance devices designed to intercept communications from nearby cellphones by forcing cellphones to connect to itself.

StingRay devices are now a regular part of the law enforcement arsenal of surveillance devices, according to new documents.





Stingrays  are capable of remotely accessing the internal contents of your phone – such as photos of your loved ones, text messages, notes to yourself, etc. – without your consent or knowledge.

For example, a StingRay could be used to get naked photographs of your girlfriend.

We do not need to somehow assume that “law enforcement” officials are not humans when we already know that highly-educated NSA employees pass-around at naked pictures of women they spied on, according to Snowden.

In addition to remotely acquiring the contents of your phone, an agent with a Stingray can track your location, acquire your phone’s passcode, and jam your signal.




NYPD has used StingRay devices at least 1,000 times against the general public since 2008, according to new documents acquired by the New York branch of the ACLU.

In what we hope would have been a shocking turn of events, NYPD has revealed that it DOES NOT get a search warrant before non-consensually accessing the private information of citizens.

“New Yorkers have very real concerns about the NYPD’s adoption of intrusive surveillance technology,” said NYCLU Senior Staff Attorney Mariko Hirose. “The NYPD should at minimum obtain warrants before using Stingrays to protect the privacy of innocent people.”




Advertisements for StingRay boast that the device can spy up to “10,000 individuals targets.”

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Filming Cops was started in 2010 as a conglomerative blogging service documenting police abuse. The aim isn’t to demonize the natural concept of security provision as such, but to highlight specific cases of State-monopolized police brutality that are otherwise ignored by traditional media outlets.

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  • Slaytanic

    good luck decoding my 2 way encryption coppers, I hope you catch a bullet, Millions of dead cops.