Oklahoma Bill Would Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Jan. 30, 2018) – A bill prefiled in the Oklahoma Senate would ban the warrantless collection of electronic data and the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the Sooner State, it would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow) prefiled Senate Bill 1274 (SB1274). The legislation would prohibit law enforcement agencies from obtaining the metadata, stored data or
transmitted data of an electronic device without a search warrant issued by a court upon probable cause. Under the proposed law, police would have to get a warrant before obtaining electronic data from service providers. It would also 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.

HB1274 would allow warrantless electronic data collection with the informed …

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