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California Committee Approves Measure to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 23, 2018) –  Last week, a California Senate committee passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state. Continue reading California Committee Approves Measure to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control

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Massachusetts Committee Passes Bill to Limit ALPR Data, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

BOSTON, Mass. (April 17, 2018) – Last week, a Massachusetts joint committee passed a bill that would limit access to, and retention and sharing of, data collected by automatic license plate readers. Passage into law would also place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions of everyday people through pictures of their license plates. Continue reading Massachusetts Committee Passes Bill to Limit ALPR Data, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

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Davis California Passes Ordinance Creating Oversight and Transparency for Surveillance Programs

DAVIS, Calif. (April 6, 2018) – Last month, the city of Davis, Calif., passed a local ordinance that sets the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other city agencies. The law will also help limit the impact of the federal surveillance state.

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California Committee Passes Bill to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 4, 2018) –  On Tuesday, a California Senate committee passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state. Continue reading California Committee Passes Bill to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control

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New Kentucky Law Puts Limits on Drone Spying, Will Help Thwart Federal Surveillance Program

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 26, 2018) – Last week, a bill requiring police to get a warrant before engaging in drone surveillance in most situations became law without the governor’s signature. The new law not only establishes important privacy protections at the state level, it will also help thwart the federal surveillance state. Continue reading New Kentucky Law Puts Limits on Drone Spying, Will Help Thwart Federal Surveillance Program

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Massachusetts Committee Passes Bill to Limit ALPR use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

BOSTON, Mass. (March 26, 2018) – Last week, a Massachusetts House committee passed a bill that would put strict limitations on the use of automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) by the state. Passage into law would also place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions of everyday people through pictures of their license plates. Continue reading Massachusetts Committee Passes Bill to Limit ALPR use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

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Signed by the Governor: Michigan Bans “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

LANSING, Mich. (March 20, 2018) – Yesterday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill that bans “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This is an essential step every state needs to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own. Continue reading Signed by the Governor: Michigan Bans “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

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Maryland House Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (March 15, 2018) – Yesterday, the Maryland House passed a bill that would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones without a court order and prohibit police from sweeping up electronic communications. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Maryland, it would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Maryland House Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

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To the Governor: Kentucky Passes Bill to Put Limits on Drones, Help Thwart Federal Surveillance Program

FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 12, 2018) – On Friday, the Kentucky House gave final approval to a bill that would require police to get a warrant before engaging in drone surveillance in most situations. If signed into law, this legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state. Continue reading To the Governor: Kentucky Passes Bill to Put Limits on Drones, Help Thwart Federal Surveillance Program