Sacramento Sheriff sued over alleged cell-phone spying

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department is being sued over its use of a device that intercepts cell phone calls and information.

The suit, field by the American Civil Liberties Union of California, stems from an investigation by News 10 in Sacramento into the law enforcement agency’s use of the device.

The ACLU is seeking access to documents associated with the sheriff department’s use of the Stingray, which mimics a cell phone tower, and intercepts and routes cell phone calls in the area.

The lawsuit references the department’s refusal to turn over documents related to the stingray phone deal.

The ACLU is not challenging the department’s use of the device itself. Instead, it has filed a suit over what it calls the department’s breech of the public records act.

The department has cited exemptions in the law and non-disclousre agreement with the manufacturer as reasons for not handing the documents over. 


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