[telecom] Illinois (IL!!) new law restricting use of "Stingrays"

well, at least casual use by the local folk. Feds, I'd guess, are unaffected.

[Illinois ACLU press release]

Statement: Governor Bruce Rauner signs Senate Bill 2343 (Cell site simulator regulation)

Earlier today, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law Senate Bill 2343, a measure that increases transparency and regulation of cell site simulators, often known by the brand name Stingrays, when they are used by law enforcement in Illinois. Left unregulated, the technology can be a powerful tool for mass surveillance as it can sweep up large amounts of data from cell phones in a particular area.

The new law, once it goes into effect, requires law enforcement to get a court order to use a Stingray, adopt specific procedures to assure that data of non-targets is not captured and retained and prohibit the technology to block phone calls, drain a phone battery or intercept the content of phone calls, web browsing and text messages by police. ==== rest:

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