Chaffetz introduces Cell Location Privacy Act
“If probable cause exists, get a warrant.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced H.R. 1061, the Cell Location Privacy Act, which will protect the privacy of every American who uses a cell phone by limiting the abuse of cell site simulator devices. Commonly known as “Stingrays,” these devices can capture data from a person’s cell phone by imitating a cell tower.
“The abuse of cell site simulators can lead to blatant violations of privacy by anyone who can purchase such a device. If probable cause exists, get a warrant. But if they just want to surf through our private information, that’s a bridge too far. The purchase of these devices by agencies like the IRS raises red flags about the potential for abuse.”
H.R. 1061, requires law enforcement, including local, state and federal agencies, to obtain a warrant before using cell site simulator devices. This requirement is in line with recent guidance issued on the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. The bill allows for targeted exceptions related to foreign intelligence surveillance and exigent circumstances.
Chaffetz also introduced H.R. 1062, the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act, which creates a legal framework offering clear guidelines to govern the use of geolocation and tracking technology by government agencies, commercial entities and private citizens.