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Cellphone intercepts: Hill bill would require public comment

 

State Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo County, has introduced a bill that would require local governments to take public comment before implementing cellphone intercept technology.

The technology, commonly known as "Stingray," is used to determine whom a person is calling, when the call is made and where the call originated, and in some cases, to capture the content of a conversation.

"Under the right circumstances, cellphone intercept technology can be a useful tool to catch suspects," Sen. Hill's press release reads, but "these portable devices ... have raised concerns because they can scoop up cellphone data from so many people at once, whether they are suspects or not."

Click here to read the press release.

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