Tell the FCC: Stingrays have got to go!

Stingrays (also known as “IMSI-catchers”) are surveillance devices that can suck up sensitive, personal information from our cell phones. Stingrays don't target one person -- they can vacuum up an entire neighborhood, or the private data of up to 10,000 people at once. These devices are disproportionately being used against communities of color. News reports have exposed how peaceful protesters and activists are being targeted with Stingrays.

The Center for Media Justice, New America’s Open Technology Institute, and Color Of Change recently filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission against the Baltimore Police Department for their use of Stingray cellphone tracking devices.

The complaint says that Stingrays violate the Communication Act in two ways:

  1. Baltimore police are not authorized to use Stingrays to transmit over radio frequency bands only licensed to cellular carriers, and
  2. Stingrays interfere with cellular networks, including emergency calling services.

We need your help to stop police spying. Join us in telling the FCC that Stingrays must go! 

We call on the FCC to enforce the Communications Act against the Baltimore Police Department and require the department to cease use of surveillance equipment.

We ask the FCC to issue an Enforcement Advisory telling other state and local law enforcement agencies that they, too, are subject to the provisions of the Communications Act and may not transmit over licensed frequency bands without a license to do so.


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