On Thursday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that requires police get a warrant to use a stingray during investigations. The devices, which are also known as cell-site simulators, are usually used to locate a phone but can also in some cases intercept calls and text messages.
The law, known as the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act, imposes other sweeping new requirements to enhance digital privacy, and imposes a warrant requirement before police can access nearly any type of digital data produced by or contained within a device or service.
Earlier this year, Google announced that it was seeing more search activity on mobile than desktop, for the first time. The caveat was that this was for 10 countries, including the US. Today, Google’s now said this is the case worldwide.