Hawaii Bill Would Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Jan. 26, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Hawaii Senate would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in Hawaii, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

Sen. Russell Ruderman (D), along with eight cosponsors, introduced Senate Bill 2454 (SB2454) on Jan. 19. 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 or other electronic device.

SB2454 would require police to get a warrant before using a stingray unless they have the informed consent of the owner or user of the device, or if operating under a legally recognized exception to the warrant requirement.


The federal government funds the vast majority of state and local stingray programs, attaching one important condition. The …

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