(WKBW) — BUFFALO, N.Y. - After prevailing in its lawsuit against the Erie County Sheriff's Office over the use of taxpayer-funded cell phone spying equipment, the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) is revealing details of how the equipment is used.
The cell phone surveillance equipment is called the Stingray, which costs $350,000. It allows the sheriff's office to track and record the location of a person through their cell phone.
The NYCLU says records from the sheriff's office shows it has been used at least 47 times between May 1, 2010 and October 3, 2014, including to assist other law enforcement agencies like the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
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