Hawaii Committees Pass Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Feb. 12, 2018) – Two Hawaii Senate committees have passed a bill that would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant or court order 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.

On Feb. 2, the Senate Committee on Economic Development, Tourism, and Technology passed an amended version of SB2454 4-0. On Feb. 6, the Senate Committee Government Operations approved the measure by a 3-0 vote.

The amendments significantly altered the structure of the bill, but did not change the effect. As introduced, SB2454 created a separate statute …

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