CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON DOJ's NEW STINGRAY POLICY

September 4, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu issued the following statement in response to the United States Department of Justice’s announcement that it will begin requiring federal agents to obtain a warrant before using cell-site simulators.

The Department of Justice's new policy on cell-site simulators, or "Stingrays," is a welcome first step and will help bring an invasive surveillance technology closer to our constitutional privacy standards. As new technologies empower law enforcement with unique capabilities, stringent rules are needed to safeguard against abuse of our civil liberties – and Stingrays are no different. Many questions remain about law enforcement's collection of geolocation and other data, and I am going to ask the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to examine this issue.”

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