Federal Agents Used Controversial Trackers Without Warrants

Controversial devices used to track cell phones and mobile Internet devices were used by local federal law enforcement without the necessary permission from a judge, according to recently released e-mails.

Federal investigators in Arizona have been taken to court over the use of “stingrays,” electronic devices that mimic a cellphone tower and collect location and other data from all mobile devices in the immediate area. Since they collect data indiscriminately, privacy advocates hate them — and they're not beloved by magistrate judges, either, especially if they're used without a warrant.

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