Illinois Senate passes legislation regulating police use of "stingray" devices

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ILLINOIS - Law enforcement agencies in Illinois could soon have new regulations on the use of cell tower simulators, under proposed legislation unanimously passed in the Illinois Senate.

Under Senate Bill 2343, regulations on police use of cell tower simulators would be put into place.  The simulators, also known as stingray devices, can act as a cell phone tower, tricking phones into connecting to it.  Authorities are then able to use the simulator to determine someone's location, as well as the serial numbers of phones in the area.

The bill's sponsor, State Senator Daniel Biss (D-Evanston), says that while simulators can collect data on targeted individuals, the technology could also collect data on dozens of other people as well.

"As advances in technology enable police to more efficiently investigate and solve crimes, it's important that we help them to know they are following state law and the parameters of the Constitution," Biss said.

The proposal now moves to the Illinois House for consideration.

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