Skip to comments.Minnesota Senate Passes Cell Phone Tracking Bill
Posted on 04/24/2014 5:57:43 PM PDT by TurboZamboni
New restrictions on police use of cell phone tracking technology has won backing from the Minnesota Senate. Senators voted Tuesday to require a special tracking warrant when a device is used to find a person's location by their cell phone or other electronic devices. The bill says law enforcement must show probable cause of a crime. People being tracked must eventually be notified that their information was collected.
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So how much backlash was there over this?
What if it is the feds who do the tracking, and they lay information to the police? The police can say they followed the law, because *they* didn’t track. In this case, however, the state legislature thought it through.
Lawmakers in Kansas, Missouri, New Hampshire and elsewhere are considering bills specifically addressing this kind of data sharing. Others, like Illinois and Minnesota, have legislation to ban the state from “obtaining” cell phone location data without a warrant.
Pending legislation in Arizona specifically bans the use of warrantless data in state courts. A Reuters report last year revealed that the NSA shares data with state and local law enforcement through a secret outfit called the Special Operation Division (SOD). The federal government also shares data mined by its agencies, including the NSA, FBI, Secret Service, etc., through the 72 DHS “fusion centers”.
Reports in the Washington Post and USA Today last fall documented how “the FBI and most other investigative bodies in the federal government” are regularly using a mobile device known as a “stingray” to intercept and collect electronic data without a warrant. Local and state police have access through sharing agreements.
Minneapolis, Minn. - It’s not just the NSA spying on your cell phone. KARE 11 has learned that two Minnesota law enforcement agencies have the ability to do the same.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension have both purchased cellular exploitation devices that go by the names of KingFish of StingRay. The devices mimic a cell phone tower and allow the agencies to extract data from nearby cell phones