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NY introduces legislation to limit warrantless stingray use

New York State legislators are following a national trend of proposing local legislation to protect citizens from warrantless stingray surveillance.

The bill (Assembly Bill 1895) was sponsored by New York Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz along with a coalition of 18 other State Assembly members on Jan. 13 and would ban law enforcement from warrantless stingray data collection and from compelling third party communications from divulging mobile device information without a warrant.

The bill also includes provision which would prevent the sharing of any data that is legally obtained by the device as well and provides a legal remedy for those whose information is obtained unlawfully.

The bill is similar to legislation passed in California in 2015 and does contain exemptions for warrantless stingray use in the case of an emergency.  Missouri and a host of other states have introduced similar legislation barring warrantless stingray on a state level.

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