Erie County ordered to disclose use of Stingray surveillance

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The New York Civil Liberties Union says they’re putting a recent decision by the New York State Supreme Court in the win column.

The Supreme Court is ordering the Erie County Sheriff’s Office to disclose public information on the Stingray surveillance device which they’ve put to use in their actions in Erie County. The surveillance devices are used to collect all data from cell phone signals in a given area.

A written decision put out Tuesday ordered the law enforcement agency to answer questions and grant the public information about how it uses the devices. The New York Civil Liberty Union filed their first Freedom of Information request in June, and began a lawsuit soon after.

The union says it’s a win for public knowledge, but the Erie County Sheriff’s office may not feel the same way. They say they recently received the decision and will review it before moving forward. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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