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StingRays can record your calls

StingRays can record your calls
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If you're like a lot of people, you've probably worried for many years about the government spying on you. Maybe it was just a nagging feeling you had, or you had those fears confirmed by a documentary or news report about the government spying on everyday people.

Of course, we now know more than ever that the government, police and probably even the IRS may be spying on you, your family and everyone else. Much of that came to light when Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency has been tracking phone records without permission; an action that will soon be discontinued.

But that hasn't stopped the government and police from spying on you. In fact, they've got a device called a StingRay, which is essentially a portable, luggage-sized cellphone tower. Once they have a good idea where you are, they switch to a portable device to track you down, to as precisely as a specific room in a building.

Newly released documents reveal just how much the government has authorized agencies to spy on you with StingRays. Those details were outlined by the Department of Justice in 2008, but they're just now coming to light.

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