Examining Law Enforcement Use of Cell Phone Tracking Devices

Subcommittee on Information Technology
Subcommittee on Information Technology
Hearing Date: October 21, 2015 2:00 pm 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

PURPOSE:

  • To examine issues related to law enforcement’s use of devices that simulate cell phone towers and allow law enforcement to obtain location information for particular suspects.
  • To examine both the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS)new policies governing the use of such devices.

 

BACKGROUND:

  • Media reports have detailed the use of a law enforcement tactic where devices that mimic cell phone towers force cell phones in the area to connect to that device. Once connected, the device gives law enforcement location information about the phone and, presumably, its owner.
  • In April, the Committee sent letters to DOJ and DHS requesting information on the devices.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Ms. Elana Tyrangiel Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Office of Legal Policy, U.S. Department of Justice Document
Mr. Seth Stodder Assistant Secretary Threat Prevention and Security Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Document

Related Documents

Name Document
Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding Stingrays Document
DOJ Policy Guidance Use of Cell-Site Simulator Technology Document
DHS Signed Policy Directive Document
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