New York Bill Would Help Protect Privacy, Thwart Some Federal Surveillance

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 12, 2017) –  A New York electronic data protection bill would ban the use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant, and end warrantless collection of cell phone data in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in New York, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

Sen. Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) introduced Senate Bill 5730 (S5730) on April 27. Titled the New York Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the legislation would help block the use of cell site simulators, known as “stingrays.” These devices essentially spoof cell phone towers, tricking any device within range into connecting to the stingray instead of the tower, allowing law enforcement to sweep up communications content, as well as locate and track the person in possession of a specific phone ...

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