ACLU v. City of SarasotaVarious local law enforcement agencies in Florida use a portable device known as a “Stingray” to collect information from cell phones in the vicinity.  Also known as “cell site simulators,” Stingrays mimic cell service providers’ towers and broadcast electronic signals that force cell phones in the area to register their identifying information and location.  Stingrays collect information not only about specific targets of investigations, but also about hundreds or thousands of innocent third parties.  In May 2014, the ACLU sought to learn how the Sarasota Police used Stingrays. In response to the ACLU’s public records request, the Sarasota Police initially acknowledged sole possession, custody, and control of numerous state applications to use a Stingray and the orders granting the request.  However, hours before the ACLU was scheduled to review them, the City changed course and refused public access them. The ACLU sued to obtain public access to the learn about the state court’s oversight of the use of these Stingrays and when they allow them.