A new victory in terms of people’s rights to personal privacy has come to pass. Although not directly related to online privacy, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruling from yesterday stating that the use of cell site simulators is unconstitutional is certainly good news.
Ok, what are cell site simulators?
Well, they are mass surveillance devices that makes peoples’ cellphones to be tracked in real time. They have been used for many years by state, local, and federal law enforcement in the United States, but apparently, their use was not transparent at all. They are usually fixed in a van and used with a directional antenna, but some of them are quite smaller, easily fitting in a backpack.
The controversy with cell site simulators