Atkins maintained that despite the name change, the higher threshold is a big step in protecting citizens’ privacy in the wake of revelations that some Minnesota law enforcement agencies use the “cellular exploitation devices,” known by their trade names as the Kingfish and Stingray, which mimic local phone towers to capture the location of cellphones — and the suspects who carry them.
Atkins’ bill also limits law enforcement’s use of the device for 60 days per case, with extensions not to exceed another 60 days. It also requires law enforcement to notify subjects who were tracked within 90 days after the court order is unsealed. The bill also requires the state Court Administrator to share all orders authorizing cell phone data collection with the Legislature every two years.
“Nearly every Minnesotan carries some mobile device with them every day and we need to make sure that the location data of innocent people is not subject to unreasonable or unchecked searches by government,” Atkins said. “Times have changed and we use our mobile devices for location services all the time. This bill is a step in ensuring our laws catch up with the times.”
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