#48: Police Can Tap Your Cell Phone, And They Don’t Need Anyone’s Permission


Stingray cell phone simulators can capture personal data from your phone calls – who you’re talking to, your phone number and the contents of the call.

You won’t know it’s happening, and the Cato Institute’s Adam Bates says the FBI requires they stay a secret, "not just to the public, but also to courts, to legislators, even to defense attorneys. So there's so much that we still don't know about what police are doing with this technology.”

Read more about Stingrays with Bates' policy paper here, and check out who has one with this handy map from the ACLU.