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Michigan Bill Would Ban “Material Support” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

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LANSING, Mich. (March 29, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Michigan House would ban material support and resources for warrantless federal spying. Passage of the legislation would not only help protect privacy in Michigan, it would help hinder unconstitutional federal surveillance.

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New York Bill Would Allow Utility Customers to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

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ALBANY, N.Y. (March 27, 2017) – A bill introduced in the New York Assembly would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would allow New Yorkers 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 to Help Protect Electronic Data from Warrantless Spying Passes Committee

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LANSING, Mich. (March 22, 2017) – Yesterday, a Michigan House committee 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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Final Arizona Committee Passes Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 22, 2017) – On Monday, a bill that would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations cleared its final committee. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in Arizona, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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To the Governor’s Desk: New Mexico House Passes Electronic Communications Privacy Act

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SANTA FE, N.M. (March 20, 2017) – Last week, the New Mexico House gave final approval for a bill known as the Electronic Data Privacy Act. If signed by the governor, the bill would not only protect privacy in New Mexico, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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Maine Bill Would Make It Easier to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

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AUGUSTA, Maine (March 17, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Maine legislature would prohibit a utility company from penalizing a customer for opting out of “smart meter” installation on their home or business. Passage of this bill would allow Mainers to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

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Montana Senate Committee Passes Bill to Limit ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

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HELENA, Mont. (March 17, 2017) – Yesterday, an important Senate committee unanimously passed a bill that would limit the use of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) in 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.

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Arizona House Committee Passes Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 16, 2017) – Yesterday, an Arizona House Committee unanimously passed a bill that would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in Arizona, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.
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To the Governor: Montana Passes Bill Taking on Warrantless Electronic Data Collection

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HELENA, Mont. (March 16, 2017) – Today, the Montana House gave final approval to a bill that would require police to get a warrant in order to obtain electronic communication information from service providers in most cases. Passage of the legislation would not only increase privacy protections in the state, it would also hinder one practical aspect of federal surveillance programs.

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Texas Bill Would Allow People to Opt Out of Smart Meters, Undermine Federal Program

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AUSTIN, Texas (March 15, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Texas House would allow utility customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would allow Texans to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

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