Thursday February 11, 2016

NYPD Has Used Stingrays More Than 1,000 Times Since 2008

One thousand times since 2008 means that the NYPD has, on average, used a Stingray once every three days for the past eight years. Let that sink in for a few minutes. eek!

The NYPD has confirmed that it owns and operates Stingraysآ—controversial surveillance devices that spy on cell phones nearby and that can be used to track locationآ—the New York Civil Liberties Union announced today. In response to an NYCLU FOIL request, the NYPD disclosed it used Stingrays nearly 1,016 times between 2008 and May of 2015 without a written policy and following a practice of obtaining only lower-level court orders rather than warrants. This is the first time the extent of the use of Stingrays by the NYPD has been made public.