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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 20, 2018) –  Yesterday, a California Assembly 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 Measure to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control

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In Effect: Michigan Law Bans “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

LANSING, Mich. (June 17, 2018) – A new law banning “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs went into effect in Michigan. 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 In Effect: Michigan Law Bans “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

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New Line of Police Drones Will Instantly Upload Video to Massive Database

A company that developed a massive database for police body cameras has joined forces with the world’s biggest manufacturer of consumer unmanned aerial vehicles to sell surveillance drones to police departments. The data storage and sharing capabilities along with the development of artificial intelligence (AI) applications create the potential for an invasive surveillance platform that would make Big Brother drool.  Continue reading New Line of Police Drones Will Instantly Upload Video to Massive Database

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Tech Foundation Claims Police Use of Amazon Facial Recognition Is “Patriotic”

After an outcry over reports that law enforcement agencies are using facial recognition technology marketed by Amazon to profile people in real time, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released a letter claiming that Amazon’s Rekognition technology was “patriotic and can benefit society.” Continue reading Tech Foundation Claims Police Use of Amazon Facial Recognition Is “Patriotic”

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Signed into Law: Tennessee Bill Revises Law on Drone Surveillance

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 5, 2018) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a bill making changes to the state’s laws on drone surveillance. The new law tightens up some aspects of the current law, but relaxes provisions relating to data retention. Continue reading Signed into Law: Tennessee Bill Revises Law on Drone Surveillance

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How the Feds Are Using Transportation Funds to Build a Giant Surveillance Network, and What to Do About It

The federal government is building a massive surveillance network on America’s transportation system with help from state and local governments. I recently appeared on InfoWars Real News with David Knight to talk about it. Continue reading How the Feds Are Using Transportation Funds to Build a Giant Surveillance Network, and What to Do About It

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 1, 2018) –  Yesterday, the California Senate 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 Senate Passes Bill to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control

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Privacy Localism Sweeping the Country as Cities and Counties Take Steps to Limit Surveillance

The Edward Snowden revelations shined a spotlight on the NSA and stirred up widespread outrage over warrantless surveillance. But Congress did nothing. In fact, it has extended surveillance “authority” and given federal agencies even more leeway to spy on Americans. But while D.C. politicians have shown little willingness rein in the ever-expanding surveillance state, activists have had more success addressing the issue at the local level. Continue reading Privacy Localism Sweeping the Country as Cities and Counties Take Steps to Limit Surveillance

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Proposed St. Louis Ordinance Would Create Oversight and Transparency for Surveillance Programs

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (May 21, 2018) – The St. Louis City Board of Alderman will consider a local ordinance that would the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other city agencies. The proposed law would also help limit the impact of the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Proposed St. Louis Ordinance Would Create Oversight and Transparency for Surveillance Programs