Examining Law Enforcement Use of Cell Phone Tracking Devices, Hearing Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Information Technology, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, October 21, 2015   [open pdf - 598KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the October 21, 2015 hearing on "Examining Law Enforcement Use of Cell Phone Tracking Devices," held before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the opening statement of Subcommittee Ranking Member Ted Lieu: "In September of this year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its new policy on cell-site simulators, commonly known as Stingrays, aimed at enhancing privacy protections and establishing a consistent legal standard for obtaining authority to use a simulator. Federal law enforcement will now be required to obtain a search warrant supported by probable cause, consistent with the protections in the Fourth Amendment. Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced its department-wide policy, which similarly establishes a higher and more consistent legal standard of a search warrant requirement. At the time of the DOJ announcement, I released a statement calling the policy change a welcome first step and suggested we needed hearings in this committee on the matter. As new technologies empower law enforcement with unique capabilities, stringent rules are needed to safeguard against abuse of our civil liberties." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Elana Tyrangiel and Seth Stodder.

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