The numbers of those who had their phones searched spiked from 5,000 in 2015 to almost 25,000 in 2016. In February alone, more than 5,000 U.S. citizens were asked for cell phone passwords as they entered their country.
‘If carrying a cell phone means being exposed to military grade surveillance equipment, then the privacy of nearly all New Yorkers is at risk.’
The New York Police Department (NYPD) has used the covert cell phone spying devices known as Stingrays more than 1,000 times since 2008, including for the investigation of low-level crimes and typically without a warrant, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) revealed on Thursday. "If carrying a cell phone means being exposed to military