The Spy In Your Pocket
Over the past year, we’ve uncovered crucial details of cell phone tracking: from the nondisclosure agreement that police sign with the FBI to the DEA’s inventory of StingRays to baby steps taken by the Justice Department to increase transparency around cell phone tracking.
The Non-Disclosure Agreement
The Justice Department
Drug Enforcement Agency
US Marshals Service
Illinois State Police
Boston Police Department
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.
Over the past ten years, the Drug Enforcement Administration has spent millions of dollars on cell phone tracking. Federal purchasing documents that are already posted online indicate the make and model of the tracking device, and often even the DEA field office that bought it.
Despite new issuing new federal disclosure guidelines around the use of cell phone trackers, the Justice Department is still refusing to release basic information about the program - some of which has already been disclosed.