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Confirmed: PA State Police Purchased Controversial StingRay Surveillance Technology Last Year

More excellent reporting from The Declaration regarding surveillance technology being used by PA state police.

The Philly Declaration

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By Dustin Slaughter

The Declaration has learned that Pennsylvania State Police have been in possession of a highly-controversial type of surveillance technology, known as StingRay, since December of 2013.

The purchasing order, obtained by The Declaration through a PA Right-to-Know request filed in February, is with a highly secretive company based in Melbourne, Florida named Harris Corporation. The documents indicate that State Police purchased two of the devices last year at a total cost of $232,772, likely through federal homeland security grant funding.

The use of this powerful domestic surveillance technology is coming under increasing scrutiny – and criticism – for its ability to “trick” cell phones within a targeted radius into connecting to the device by posing as a fake cell tower. The easily-portable device can rest inside a police cruiser, for instance, and once a StingRay gathers a phone’s “International Mobile Subscriber Number”…

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