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House Bill Would Limit Use of Cell-Site Simulators

Bipartisan legislation introduced this week in the House would limit the use of cell-site simulators, often referred to as “Stingrays.”

The Stingray Privacy Act (H.R. 3871), was introduced by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI), and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT).

Civil liberties groups have become critical of Stingrays in recent years.

The legislation codifies recent guidance from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department Homeland Security (DHS).  This bill limits the use of cell site simulators by government agencies as well as state and local law enforcement. 

“The abuse of Stingrays and other cell site simulators by individuals, including law enforcement, could enable gross violations of privacy,” said Rep. Chaffetz. "The fact that law enforcement agencies, and non-law enforcement agencies such as the IRS, have invested in these devices raises serious questions about who is using this technology and why.  These questions demonstrate the need for strict guidelines that carry the weight of the law."

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