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marigolds
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Warrents

One thing I think is not clear in this article or the Wired article...

Warrants were obtained for this deployment. The contention is that such a device should not be used even with a warrant because uninvolved third parties can connect to the sting ray. (Of course, that prompts the question of why the third parties can connect if the FBI is not rewriting configurations on those devices too.)



koolman2
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Maybe that's why they required Verizon to modify the device. They probably set it up as an access point that any unmodified device would not connect to, so only this one guy would.



marigolds
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That would seem to make sense. If that is the case, though, then the privacy argument is much weaker. That would mean the device only collected the information that was expressly allowed by the warrant.