Examining Law Enforcement Use of Cell Phone Tracking Devices, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Information Technology of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, October 21, 2015   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the October 21, 2015 hearing on "Examining Law Enforcement Use of Cell Phone Tracking Devices," held House of Representatives Subcommittee on Information Technology of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. From the opening statement of Will Hurd: "Today's hearing has a narrow but very important focus, Federal law enforcement agencies' use of cell site simulator devices, otherwise known as IMSI-catchers or stingrays. Today's hearing also touches on fundamental questions of privacy that we have grappled with since the founding of this country. When and how, can or should the government use technology to locate people? What notice or information, if any, must people be given about the technology used to locate them? To what extent must the government take into account the rights of innocent people who may be swept into a law enforcement dragnet? And how can we protect our civil liberties and defend the homeland at the same time? These are essential questions. Today's hearing won't give us a definitive answer to all these questions, but I hope that representatives from DHS, and DOJ, will be able to shed light on some of them and that this conversation will begin to reveal answers on others. Tracking a person's movements for an extended period of time can reveal almost anything and everything about them. What establishments they frequent, whether or not they are church goers, who their friends are, and their day-to-day hobbies. Geolocation is more than a record of where you are or were, it's a window into who we are." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Elana Tyrangiel and Seth Stodder.

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