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Stingrays: A New Frontier in Police Surveillance
February 15, 2017 @ 3:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

The Cato Institute invites you to a Policy Forum on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 9 to 11:30 a.m. with a free luncheon to follow.

The forum features:

Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Chairman, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Ranking Member, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Adam Bates, Policy Analyst, Cato Institute

moderated by

Julian Sanchez, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

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If you own a cell phone, you’re carrying a miniature tracking device in your pocket — a fact law enforcement agencies are increasingly taking advantage of to investigate crimes and monitor suspected criminals. “Cell-site simulators” or “Stingrays” — first designed for military use, but increasingly in the hands of local police forces — are the technology that makes it possible. Yet those agencies have fought fiercely against efforts to inform the public about how they are used, and a recent bipartisan report by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform found there’s no consensus on the rules that should regulate their deployment, or even what legal authorities govern Stringray tracking.

At this Cato Policy Forum, Rep. Jason Chaffetz will present his committee’s findings, followed by a panel discussion in which policy experts and technologists explore how law enforcement can exploit this powerful tool to fight crime — while also checking its enormous power to encroach on privacy.

Location: Cato Institute
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Washington, DC 20001 (map)

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