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Opening the Chicago Surveillance Fund

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) is using its Narcotics asset forfeiture funds to purchase controversial surveillance equipment. Help Lucy Parsons Labs and MuckRock conduct an independent audit of this fund to find out how this forfeiture money is being spent. We need to find out what new surveillance technologies are being used in Chicago - one of the most heavily surveilled cities in the United States.

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Cell Site Simulator Census

A nationwide census of cellphone surveillance equipment use and policy.

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DEA bought millions in cell phone trackers and training, payment data shows

DEA bought millions in cell phone trackers and training, payment data shows

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.

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FBI backtracks on cell phone trackers

FBI backtracks on cell phone trackers

The Drug Enforcement Administration has at least two systems that can locate an individual mobile device to within 25 feet, the agency admitted recently. Meanwhile, just down the halls of the Justice Department, the FBI insists that it can neither confirm nor deny that it has any records on the same system.

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Feds can't agree on StingRay NDA

Feds can’t agree on StingRay NDA

The Federal Communications Commission insists that it does not require police departments to sign a nondisclosure agreement with the FBI before acquiring or deploying cell phone trackers. The FCC’s response contradicts wording found in one such FBI nondisclosure agreement released last month by Tacoma police.

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Before they could track cell phone data, police had to sign a NDA with the FBI

Before they could track cell phone data, police had to sign a NDA with the FBI

Advanced cell phone tracking devices known as StingRays allow police nationwide to home in on suspects or to log individuals present at a given location. But before acquiring a StingRay, state and local police must sign a nondisclosure agreement with the FBI, documents released last week reveal.

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Illinois State Police purchased StingRay in 2008 for $250k

Illinois State Police purchased StingRay in 2008 for $250k

We’re down to five days left in our “The Spy in Your Pocket” crowdfunding campaign! Last week, the Illinois State Police released documents surrounding its 2008 purchase of a StingRay cell phone tracker.

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