I've told you about law enforcement using "StingRays" to help out in their investigations. This mysterious gadget lets police or government agents pinpoint and listen in on any cellphone calls.
The details on how a StingRay works is a little thin, aside from the fact that it sets up a fake cellular tower and tricks any cellphones in the area into connecting with it. From there, it can zero in on a single target cellphone and let the rest connect to a legitimate cellular tower.
The other thing we know is that law enforcement is supposed to get a warrant before using it, but often doesn't. However, that could be about to change.
The Department of Justice has come out with a statement that it's going to review how law enforcement is using the technology and release more details about when law enforcement uses it and how it works.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, one law enforcement official said, "At some point, it becomes more harmful to try to keep it secret than to acknowledge it. We just want to acknowledge it carefully and slowly, so we don't lose what is a very effective tool."
There isn't a lot to do on right now, but I'll be keeping you updated as more details are released.