Privacy Activist Sues Chicago Police For Records Related To Cellphone Monitoring

Local police departments nationwide are using technologies like Stingray to track and monitor cell phones, and they are very secretive about it. Several organizations and activists across the country are doing their best to dig as deep as the rabbit hole goes.

Aaron Cynic writes at Chicagoist:

A local privacy activist has filed a second lawsuit aimed at the Chicago Police Department after CPD released a handful of documents admitting it has equipment that monitors and tracks cellphones. Freddy Martinez filed his first lawsuit against CPD in June, demanding it turn over records related to purchases of ISMI catchers, commonly referred to as “Stingrays,” devices which mimic cell phone towers and collect data from phone calls, texts and more. Martinez’s first suit garnered a meager three pages of invoices that show CPD purchased the technology.

In an interview with CBS Chicago, Freddy Martinez said:

“It’s strongly suspected that the Chicago Police Department does monitor protesters and constitutionally protected activities. They bought them. We don’t know if they’re using them, because they haven’t told us, but what kind of violations are we talking about here.”

While the department says it’s keeping as quiet as it can on the issue due to the pending lawsuit, preventing the public from knowing the full spectrum of Stingray use is an all too common practice nationwide. According to an interactive map from the ACLU, 43 agencies in 18 states own Stingray technology. But that number is a low estimate because agencies are secretive about their purchase and use.

Read the full post at Chicagoist.

4 Comments on "Privacy Activist Sues Chicago Police For Records Related To Cellphone Monitoring"

  1. Akarin Tarin Raven | Oct 3, 2014 at 4:46 pm |

    Just stop using those damn mobile phones, they are plain toxic anyway. I’m
    23 and was born in the era of technology but I have gotten rid of my
    phone about 6 months now and I have only experienced benefits from doing

    Everyone is absolutely addicted to them and most have it seems forgotten that
    only in the last 20 years did they show up in increased numbers in the
    general population. Now everyone has forgotten how to survive without
    one…just sad.

  2. BuzzCoastin | Oct 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm |

    when I first arrived in Asia in 08
    I was surprised to find I could
    buy an unlocked cellphone for less than $30
    and go to any 7-11 & get a anonymous sim card
    China too, until just recently
    but not in the land of the free
    where a phonebill proves citizenship & compliance

  3. It isn’t as if any rational person still believes the USA is a free country.

    Think about it. No-warrant wire taps, indefinite detention of citizens without charges, approval of rendition of prisoners and torture, stop and frisk without probable cause, search and seizure without a warrant, no-knock entry, confiscation and destruction of cameras that might have been used to film police acting illegally, police brutality, police shootings that go without investigation, managed news, and the civil-rights destroying “Patriot” Act.

    Acts of police behaving illegally, with shootings, Tasers, and unwarranted violence now appear almost daily. Rarely are these offenses punished. Most often “an investigation” is claimed, but soon forgotten.


In addition, the USA, with 5% of the world population, has 25% of all of the prisoners in the world. That means the USA has the most people in prison of any nation in history. Even by percentage of residents incarcerated, not just sheer numbers, USA is # 1

    Does any of that sound like a free country?

    As Dwight D. Eisenhower said about communism, “It’s like slicing sausage. First they out off a small slice. That isn’t worth fighting over. Then they take another small slice that isn’t worth fighting over. Then another and another. Finally, all you have left is the string and that isn’t worth fighting over, either.

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