A new controversial tool is being used by various authorities to identify undocumented immigrants. The devices, known as stingrays, are used by police purportedly to tackle terrorism. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says the devices work by intercepting cell signals, which then provide police the location of the phone owner and can sometimes allow them access to private data, calls, and text messages. These devices are also known as cell site simulators (CSSs) and many feel the government should be barred from using them to target petty crimes.
FBI and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents used one such device in March to locate and deport a 23-year-old restaurant worker from El Salvador who was living in Detroit. There are reports of many other undocumented immigrants also being deported due to the usage of stingrays. The ACLU states there is troubling evidence of ICE applying this intrusive technology hyper-aggressively toward immigration enforcement. They have filed a Freedom of Information Act with ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to gather more information on the utilization of these little-known devices.
Incidentally, the stingrays collect sensitive data from all nearby phones in the area. Therefore, one person cannot be targeted without compromising the privacy of countless others in the process. Many say that it is critical that the government releases information to the public immediately about the stingray devices and what limits and boundaries will be put in place to protect individual privacy. Until they do so, this invasive practice will put anyone at risk of being arrested over controversially acquired information.
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