Cell Site Simulator Census

A nationwide census of cellphone surveillance equipment use and policy.

A mapping of police departments and agencies nationwide that are using IMSI catcher (Stingray) technology. Included in this mapping is a focus on the policies, procedure and contractual agreements that department’s are formulating as they adopt the controversial surveillance device.

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Florida police records shows extensive use of cellular surveillance - without ever mentioning Stingrays

In May of 2014 the Florida ACLU filed a FOIA request to Sarasota PD for their documents on Stingrays. However, just days before the ACLU was due to inspect the documents, the United States Marshals Service swooped into Sarasota and rushed off with almost all of SPD’s Stingray records. We say almost, because this strange collection of records that SPD recently gave us is evidently is everything the Marshals missed.

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Sunrise Police Department in Florida wants $13,000 deposit for 14,000 cell site simulator emails

In perhaps the most compelling response to our cell site simulator census yet, the Sunrise Police Department in Florida has informed us that for just south of $13,000, we can get our hands on 13,915 emails and other electronic records of the controversial devices - the largest trove we’ve yet seen.

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Rochester police release unredacted list of Harris Corp StingRay and KingFish products

Rochester Police Department in New York responded to our Cell Site Simulator Census with a rare look into the pricing and packaging of the cellphone surveillance tech: a completely unredacted quote list of Harris Corporation products.

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Virginia State Police releases cellphone surveillance logs

As part of a nationwide FOIA census for cell site simulator surveillance devices, the Virginia State Police responded with new documents detailing their acquisition and use of the DRT 1183C, commonly referred to as a DRTbox. Included in the release is the utilization log, detailing the 12 times that the VSP have used this equipment since May 2015.

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Maine State Police “can neither confirm nor deny” use of cellphone surveillance

When we filed requests with police departments across the country for their use of cell site simulators, we expected some pushback. Nonetheless, we were taken aback when Maine State Police made it into a matter of national security.

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After release of embarrassing exchange, Baltimore Police make requesting emails more difficult - and expensive

After the release of an email exchange in which an officer mocked a teenage sexual assault victim, Baltimore Police Department appears to have changed their policies so that getting emails is a much more difficult - and prohibitively expensive - process.

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