Information obtained via right-to-know request revealed The New Jersey State Police spent at least $850,000 on stingray devices from Harris Corp.
Authorities didn't respond to NBC10's request to discuss the use of the technology described in more than 100 pages of invoices and other heavily redacted documents detailing the devices purchased. Jeanne LoCicero, deputy legal director ACLU of New Jersey, asked for the same documents that NBC10 sought and received the same response from the department upon further inquiry.
[...] New Jersey State Police department's lack of transparency on the device is not uncommon from what has been seen with other law enforcement agencies at both the local and federal level when similar requests have been made.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 03 2018, @01:58PM (4 children)
Any idea what one of these costs? Did the cops get a good quantity price break, or were they suckered into buying "retail"?
(Score: 4, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 03 2018, @02:17PM (3 children)
The cops *are* the retail market for these things... They're even dumb enough to sign the NDA that Harris enforces which -amongst things- contains a gagging clause prohibiting the purchaser from talking about the device.
I mean, in an open and democratic society, you'd think these types of shenanigans wouldn't happen, but then again, the US is neither an open nor a democratic society.
In an open and democratic society, the job of the police is to make the life of citizens easier.
In an authoritarian society, the job of the citizens is to make the lives of the police easier.
(Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 03 2018, @02:25PM (1 child)
So what you are saying is that Harris needs some competition?
Anyone interested in an open source "Stingray"? Not sure how to solve the broadcast license problem, but there is plenty of prior history of other pirate radio stations.
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 03 2018, @02:42PM
Surely Republicans (you know, the ones who are against any type of government regulations) wouldn't force anyone to bear the burden of needing a broadcasting license, now would they? I don't see your problem...
I'm more in the market for a powerful and reusable EMP device. (I'm still not quite sure what to do with my casio watch - hey... who's knocking on my door and why is my phone suddenly glitchi^H^H^H [carrier lost])
(Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 03 2018, @02:52PM
Oh, here it is: https://www.wired.com/2014/03/harris-stingray-nda [wired.com]