Fox News reporter Bill Mears recently wrote an article on his blog about the Pulse Tracker, a device used by law enforcement in several states that has been criticized by privacy advocates as an invasive tracking device.
The device has been described as a “bio-signal” that is being used by police to track individuals.
Mears wrote that the device is “designed to track people who are walking or cycling at night” and “would not have been able to track me without my permission.”
He continued that it is “no surprise that the FBI is not using this technology in its own investigations.”
Mears’ article sparked debate among many observers.
On one side of the debate is the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit organization that promotes digital privacy.
EFF has said the Pulse tracking device violates its free speech rights and is illegal.
The organization also has criticized the FBI for not being more transparent about the devices use.
On the other side is the National Association of Secretaries of State, which argues that the Pulse tracker is a useful technology and is being abused by law-enforcement agencies to track criminals.
“We hope the FBI will take a more active role in the development of this technology, and not rely on the technology for its own nefarious purposes,” said Jill Lepore, a member of the NASS and a member at EFF.
The FBI declined to comment on the article, but it has been accused of using the Pulse data to justify the agency’s “unprecedented” use of Stingrays in the past year.
A number of federal judges have also rejected the FBI’s use of stingrays in cases involving the FBI.
According to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), there are currently no federal court rulings on the legality of stingray use, and there is currently no court ruling that the use of such devices is lawful.