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DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants 146

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the bending-the-rules dept.
Via the EFF comes news that, during a case involving the use of a Stingray device, the DOJ revealed that it was standard practice to use the devices without explicitly requesting permission in warrants. "When Rigmaiden filed a motion to suppress the Stingray evidence as a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the government responded that this order was a search warrant that authorized the government to use the Stingray. Together with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU, we filed an amicus brief in support of Rigmaiden, noting that this 'order' wasn't a search warrant because it was directed towards Verizon, made no mention of an IMSI catcher or Stingray and didn't authorize the government — rather than Verizon — to do anything. Plus to the extent it captured loads of information from other people not suspected of criminal activity it was a 'general warrant,' the precise evil the Fourth Amendment was designed to prevent. ... The emails make clear that U.S. Attorneys in the Northern California were using Stingrays but not informing magistrates of what exactly they were doing. And once the judges got wind of what was actually going on, they were none too pleased:"

Comment: Storm Windows or City Ordnance (Score 1) 474

by Tempestas (#41502943) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hacking Urban Noise?
If you don't have storm windows try adding them to one or two windows. The Extra air space and material will greatly cut down on the transmission of some sounds. However, nothing is going to keep out the low bass sounds Only thing to do about that is work on a city ordnance, but that will not win you any friends.

Comment: Camping (Score 1) 789

by Tempestas (#41089881) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would Your 'I've Got To Disappear' Plan Look Like?
Easy go camping in a State or Federal Park. You could stay in a Primitive Campsite free but still have access to showers and toilets. Plus most campgrounds have onsite hosts and forest rangers that offer a bit of protection. Just Remember to hide the plate on the car by backing in or putting it behind the tent.

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