UK: News about police use of 'Stingray' devices spreads


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"Controversial ‘stingray’ spy technology is being used by four Midlands police forces, according to official documents.

The equipment intercepts mobile phone calls, text messages and data.

West Midlands, Staffordshire, West Mercia, and Warwickshire forces have all bought Covert Communications Data Capture equipment according to minutes of a meeting between two of the region’s police and crime commissioners and senior officers."

See: Privacy fears as Midlands police forces use new 'Stingray' spy technology (Express & Star, link). The issue was first reported in The Bristol Cable: Revealed: Bristol’s police and mass mobile phone surveillance (link) following which: Police remove documents following Cable investigation (The Bristol Cable, link): "Avon and Somerset police have taken down documents from their website showing that they purchased secretive mobile surveillance equipment."

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