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Michigan House Committee Approves State Privacy Amendment with National Implications

LANSING, Mich. (Apr. 26, 2017) – Yesterday, a Michigan House committee unanimously passed a resolution that would put before voters a state constitutional amendment to protect electronic communications and data from the prying eyes of state and local law enforcement. The amendment would also effectively block a small but intrusive practical effect of federal spying within the state.

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Michigan Bill Would Allow Customers to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

LANSING, Mich. (Feb. 27, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Michigan House would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would allow Michigan residents to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

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Michigan Ballot Measure Would Help Protect Electronic Data from Warrantless Spying

LANSING, Mich. (Feb. 2, 2017) – A resolution introduced in the Michigan House would put before voters a state constitutional amendment to protect electronic communications and data from the prying eyes of state and local law enforcement. The amendment would also effectively block a small but intrusive practical effect of federal spying within the state.

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Michigan House Votes 107-1 to Pass State Privacy Amendment With National Implications

LANSING, Mich. (Jun. 2, 2016) – The Michigan House overwhelmingly approved a resolution Thursday that would give voters an opportunity to put “electronic data and communications” on the same level as “persons, houses, papers and possessions” in the state constitution. If ultimately passed, it would also set the foundation to help block a small but intrusive practical effect of federal spying within the state. Continue reading Michigan House Votes 107-1 to Pass State Privacy Amendment With National Implications

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New York Assembly Committee Guts Bill to Limit Automatic License Plate Readers

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 31, 2016) – A bill introduced in the New York Assembly to put strict limitations on the use of automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) by the state was drastically altered in committee. The new version of the bill only applies restrictions to private individuals.

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Big Brother Rules Old Dominion: Virginia Fails to Limit Surveillance State in 2016

RICHMOND, Va (May 4, 2016) – Over the past few years, Virginia has been a leader in pushing back against the federal surveillance state. passing bills to curtail drones and NDAA indefinite detention. However, the tide has been turning in the wrong direction for the Old Dominion state since Gov. Terry McAulliffe (D) assumed office. He vetoed a measure to put common sense restrictions on license plate readers last year. In 2016, the legislature followed the governor’s lead, failing to approve four bills to protect privacy.

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To the Governor’s Desk: Maine Bill Restricts Drones for Surveillance

AUGUSTA, Maine (June 20, 2015) – A Maine bill that would drastically restrict the use of drones by state and local law enforcement and serve to thwart one aspect of the federal surveillance state was approved by the full legislature last week. It will now go to the Gov. LePage’s desk where he can sign it into law.

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To the Governor’s Desk: Oregon Bill Taking on Warrantless Collection of Cellphone Data

SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon state Senate gave final approval to a bill that would prohibit law enforcement from obtaining information from electronic devices without a warrant in most cases, sending it to the Governor’s desk. The proposed bill would not only protect privacy in Oregon, but would also address a practical effect of federal spying.

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Michigan Amendment to Protect Electronic Privacy Unanimously Clears Committee

LANSING, Mich. (May 28, 2015) – A Michigan House committee unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday that would put before voters a state constitutional amendment to protect electronic communications and data from the prying eyes of state and local law enforcement. The amendment would also effectively block a small but intrusive practical effect of federal spying within the state.

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