The Stingray: How Law Enforcement Can Track Your Every Move

The Stingray: How Law Enforcement Can Track Your Every Move

RALEIGH, North Carolina (WTVD) — You could be just about anywhere and data on your cell phone can be scooped up by law enforcement without your ever knowing. It happens all the time.

The device that makes it possible is called a “cell site simulator.” That’s the generic name; Stingray is the most common brand name.

Initially developed for military use, Stingrays have made their way into local police and sheriff’s departments around the country. Months ago, the I-Team sent open records requests to every law enforcement agency in our viewing area and learned that three agencies close to home have been using cell site simulators: the Wake County Sheriff’s Department, Durham Police Department, and Raleigh Police Department. A spokesperson for RPD told the I-Team they stopped using theirs when the software needed to be upgraded.

The ACLU’s Mike Meno has been watching Stingrays spread into local law enforcement for years.

“Like a lot of militarized technology and surveillance technology, this is something that was developed overseas and it was developed for one use, but then it comes back home and is used against our own citizens. It’s used here in the States. And the government will say, ‘We need to keep this confidential,’ but we have constitutional rights. We’re supposed to have checks and balances,” he said.

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50 Comments

  1. Gaven Rice on November 3, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Respect to the man that actually talked about it

  2. Dracing19 on November 3, 2021 at 9:32 am

    There’s a way to avoid these trust me and it’s very easy look on YouTube lots of ways so this dont happen to you

  3. Fkj on November 3, 2021 at 9:33 am

    True

  4. NA on November 3, 2021 at 9:33 am

    Awesome! The criminals always think they are smarter than the victim and the FBI

  5. Gorp Snookem on November 3, 2021 at 9:34 am

    It has also made its way into society

  6. Sky Portal Music on November 3, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Jesus Loves You

  7. James Delk on November 3, 2021 at 9:36 am

    The book 1984 made 8n thirties was predicting all evil feminism it talks about women civilians and cops spying on you and men dumps and government and women telling victim men of false aligations government know it’s false get you any way regardless favoring women etc spy on the bad not all people geez

  8. Nimmy 🇵🇰 on November 3, 2021 at 9:36 am

    To all those thick nokia drug dealers

  9. Stone Sauer on November 3, 2021 at 9:42 am

    His job is not to keep people safe, his job is to uphold the law when it’s being broken & that is it !

  10. Diana Rockwell on November 3, 2021 at 9:43 am

    Don’t warrants have to be served on the person who’s information is being gathered?

  11. Lifer777 Death on November 3, 2021 at 9:44 am

    STINGRAY

  12. Tom Jeffery on November 3, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Tacoma PD has One

  13. Jack Albright on November 3, 2021 at 9:46 am

    This only works if I’m stupid enough to bring my self administered cattle tag (phone) to a protest.

  14. Michael The Mad Soldiertist on November 3, 2021 at 9:46 am

    No sheriff your job is primarily to uphold the constitution and the rights and welfare of the people after that. You are an elected official who answers to the people violating their rights is a betrayal of that duty

  15. ben gagliardo on November 3, 2021 at 9:47 am

    be more worried that every thing you’re done in your life good or bad will be known to God on judgment day.. you can sue the police or the FBI. your on your own with God.. unless you have an advocate. i do his name is Jesus.. thankyou Jesus..

  16. Amanda Sears on November 3, 2021 at 9:48 am

    Wow thank you for this!

  17. Robert Quinlan on November 3, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Great technology only a criminal should really be in fear of it

  18. Page Page on November 3, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Where exactly are they selecting their data?

    They know better.
    My car is mysteriously scratched. Jealous and delusional neighbor.

    Y’all, I’m grateful to not being materialistic. Even my sister noticed that my car looks like it was already in a serious accident.

    Having it serviced will be interesting.

    Was my car a lemon?

  19. Lul j on November 3, 2021 at 9:57 am

    My face while watching this 😯

  20. Bob Saget on November 3, 2021 at 9:58 am

    Law enforcement Has become entwined with organized criminals of the Cartels it is why kidnapping, stalking, physical harassment, monitoring, enslavement and homicide is now LEGAL to even address them as law enforcement brings Shame upon all that was once known as constitutional in America as America remains a growing shameful World wide Joke.

  21. Norman Weishaar on November 3, 2021 at 10:00 am

    We know we’re being tracked it ain’t no big secret I go all over without my phone it’s as simple as that if you don’t want to be tracked don’t use your phone don’t use your phone

  22. James Delk on November 3, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Scary the devil is watching a precursor i hope my sister is watching my sister can be watched

  23. 48Cole48 on November 3, 2021 at 10:03 am

    so if im closer to a cell tower than I am close to their truck…than im fine?

  24. Mr Mr on November 3, 2021 at 10:06 am

    Track all politicians and America will thrive

  25. Johnny Trapantino on November 3, 2021 at 10:08 am

    When a Police Chief says "I dont care what people say.." You know you need a new Chief.

  26. W.E.S. Wesley entertainment studios on November 3, 2021 at 10:08 am

    If its gps good luck I fly drones that work off gps and just going under a bridge loses exact signal…they need 4g wifi even if u got it cut off it’ll still pick it up from a room or survalnce van states away pinpoint

  27. Blaire Davidson on November 3, 2021 at 10:09 am

    These pigs are disgusting I am sorry I live in an over pig state. I’m leaving the country. I can’t stand the police. They watch ur EVERY move. NO PRIVACY. I wish we could spy on them and their family. Sorry excuses is what they are

  28. Norman Weishaar on November 3, 2021 at 10:11 am

    If you call him and 911 I’m sure they’re using to Stingray on you

  29. Mr Mr on November 3, 2021 at 10:11 am

    We don’t like talking about criminal unconstitutional activities we use to spy on good people.

  30. AnhTu Phuc Hoang on November 3, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Good, good…fight it too, cool.

  31. Blasko xx on November 3, 2021 at 10:12 am

    I bet I can make one – just need a stronger (free) signal than anyone else in the block.

  32. Qanon John on November 3, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Sims card out

  33. James Delk on November 3, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Tact book in police can even have every one’s number from police and police feminist

  34. James Delk on November 3, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Big brother is watching you the beast system from police Femi most and simp men and metoo also

  35. XPWorldTeam on November 3, 2021 at 10:15 am

    When police departments refuse to talk about using the technology it creates a sense of distrust and that they’re up to something that violates our rights but when they’re transparent with people and how and why they use the technology, as the officer did in the video, all those those doubts and misunderstandings go out the window.

    You don’t have to say everything you’re doing but just let people feel that you’re doing the right thing and not violating people’s rights.

  36. Norman Weishaar on November 3, 2021 at 10:17 am

    I think I’m just been stung by a stingray

  37. OneOFThese NotLikeTheOther on November 3, 2021 at 10:21 am

    Pure evil anyone using any of these kinds of tracking devices…
    And it’s already in the hands of idiots not just idiot law enforcement

  38. J L on November 3, 2021 at 10:22 am

    There is a little gooey black object inside the back of your phone.if you remove this strange thing your phone will not work", Dont believe me? Look for your self

  39. Jose Pena on November 3, 2021 at 10:22 am

    This is illegal!

  40. Coke Star on November 3, 2021 at 10:22 am

    The Supreme Court ruled that public safety is not their job

  41. Manny Chavez on November 3, 2021 at 10:24 am

    They have been listening in.whats that guy’s name that blew the whistle,Snowden?Slowly but surely they will try to invade our space.

  42. Rob Miller on November 3, 2021 at 10:24 am

    like the tracker the sheriff’s use in the rando points. with babtists gang stalkers. because their need to "finish the dame job".

  43. Darth Revan on November 3, 2021 at 10:27 am

    Invasion of privacy. Makes me want to shut my phone off and throw it in a dumpster and walk away.

  44. Blissfulnessence on November 3, 2021 at 10:28 am

    Can’t put the genie back in the bottle.

  45. Fkj on November 3, 2021 at 10:28 am

    My parents literally told me this doesn’t happen

  46. Go2Girl Productions on November 3, 2021 at 10:28 am

    So if you don’t own a cell phone then what? Also or if you have a cell phone that has a removable battery then what? A lot of people are moving back to flip phones because of this reason. You can’t tell me it’s not used to stalk or harass people.

  47. Account is Not Deleted on November 3, 2021 at 10:29 am

    Ever heard of airplane mode?

  48. Eric Burrough on November 3, 2021 at 10:29 am

    I have the same white cars with tinted windows following me. Guys wear florescent shirts and also see RV’s parked by me all the time with tinted windows. In truckee, Reno. This started about five years ago. Couple guys are in military and have placed a camera in my families homes and in my car. They have already rumors at my job etc.

  49. Peekachu-peekaway on November 3, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Stingrays are old technology devices, we here at U.K have advanced invisible techno devices which are undetectable, we also have agents on the ground which are invisible, LOL hahahahahahahahahaha

  50. Allen Hightower on November 3, 2021 at 10:31 am

    We sat back and allowed them to pass the Patriot Act. They re wrote the Constitution and Bill Of Rights with that. This is a tip of the iceberg on what is now perfectly legal.

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