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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Ordered To Reveal Use of StingRay Surveillance Technology

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/225074-judge-unseals-secret-cell-spying-details

A judge Friday unsealed a trove of court documents that could shed light on a secret cellphone tracking program used by police nationwide.

The judge in Charlotte, N.C., acted after a petition from the Charlotte Observer to make the documents public.

Included are 529 requests from local Charlotte-Mecklenburg police asking judges to approve the use of a technology known as StingRay, which allows cellphone surveillance.

U.S. Postal Service Rarely Denies Surveillance Requests

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/20/us/mail-monitoring-rarely-denied-postal-service-says.html

The United States Postal Service granted almost all of the nearly 6,700 requests from law enforcement agencies last year to monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations, Postal Service officials told a House panel on Wednesday.

The officials said that only 10 requests had been denied, for a rate of approval that some members of Congress sharply criticized. Cases of monitoring are called mail covers because the collected information comes from the outside of letters and parcels.

Baltimore City Police Used Stingrays, Other Unknown Devices to Surveil Suspects

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2014/11/19/baltimore_police_may_have_used_a_stingray_to_collect_cell_phone_data_but.html

John L. Haley, who works in Baltimore City police’s phone tracking unit, denied that his unit used stingrays (devices that collect data by mimicing cellphone towers to trick cellphones into connecting to them) to surveil cellphones, but he wouldn’t elaborate further, invoking a nondisclosure agreement with the FBI.