Are cops using phone intercepting devices on the Suncoast?

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SARASOTA, Fla. — According to the Associated Press, police in the U.S. may be intercepting phone calls or text messages to find suspects using a new technology tool known as Stingray.

But they are refusing to turn over details about its use or heavily censoring files when they do.

Stingray pretends it's a cellphone tower, secretly giving details of a phone's location and information about calls and text messages.

Police say it is useful for catching criminals. But civil liberties experts worry it violates Americans' privacy.

ABC 7's Duhane Lindo is talking to local authorities to find out if this technology is being used here on the Suncoast.  Look for his report tonight on ABC 7 News.

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