Document: Groups file complaint with FCC over Baltimore Police’s stingray use – Baltimore Sun

Civil rights groups filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Tuesday, alleging that the Baltimore Police Department‘s  (BPD) unlicensed use of the controversial cell phone surveillance tool known as Stingray violates the law through racial discrimination and willful interference with cell phone calls.

The complaint, filed by the Center for Media Justice, Color of Change, and the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, calls on the FCC to “address harms caused by BPD’s unauthorized use” of Stingrays, also known as cell site (C.S.) simulators. 

(Published on Wednesday, August 17, 2016

byCommon Dreams)

The Baltimore Sun reports:

The groups argue that surveillance using the devices also undermines people’s free speech rights and describe the use of Stingrays as an electronic form of the intrusive police practices described in the scathing Justice Department report on the police department’s pattern of civil rights violations.

“The problem of radicalized surveillance is particularly pronounced in Baltimore, where BPD’s racially biased policing is clearly reflected in its racially biased deployment of [cell site] simulators,” the groups say in the complaint.

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Audi Connecting Cars In The U.S. To Traffic Signals | Ubergizmo

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By Ankush Das on 08/05/2016 17:00 PDT

QR Codes have been invented a couple of decades ago in Japan. They are 2D barcodes that can pack a lot of information into a relatively small space. Also, their design makes them pretty resilient in case their support gets scratched. Since QR Codes are more and more used worldwide, knowing how to scan/decode them is very useful. In this article, we will be knowing – what is a QR Code and several ways to scan QR Codes.

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Back in the day, catching Pokemon basically involved gamers playing on their Game Boy or Nintendo DS consoles where they could stay in the comfort of their own home and battle other Pokemon trainers, explore the land, and capture Pokemon. Now with Pokemon Go, it takes gamers into the real world where they will be able to find Pokemon wherever they go.

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