After months of neither confirming nor denying its use of “Stingray”, the Vancouver Police Department has finally come clean on the controversial mass-surveillance device.
This comes as court documents reveal more details about the RCMP’s use of information gained from Stingray that has alarmed privacy advocates, who say Mounties have been have been using Stingray increasingly for day-to-day policing, and keeping the data on innocent bystanders.
Closer to home, the VPD has been in neither “confirm or deny” mode to questions from journalists and activists, until now.
In a statement released to CKNW, the VPD says it “does not have, nor have we ever had a device commonly referred to “Stingray”.”
The Stingray device mimics a cell phone tower to trick devices to connect to it, allowing it to record communications.