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Report: Florida police have cell phone surveillance tech

You may or may not have heard of a StingRay— it’s a controversial surveillance device that, by acting like a cell tower, can find your cell phone’s location and other info. Now photos of what’s reportedly a related device called a Harpoon have surfaced and show it ostensibly in the posession of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Published by Vice Motherboard, a photo shows a stack of devices with what looks like the word “Harpoon” on them; a second photo reveals a label from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) on the back of equipment.

What’s a Harpoon? A document posted by Ars Technica describes it as a “high-power filtered amplifier” that boosts the performance of the StingRay devices as well as another system called the KingFish. – READ MORE