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Pennsylvania Bill Would Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying

HARRISBURG, Pa. (July 24, 2017) –  A bill introduced in the Pennsylvania House 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 Pennsylvania, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Now Law: New Hampshire Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying

CONCORD, N.H. (July 13, 2017) – Earlier this week, a bill that bans the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations became law without the governor’s signature. The new statute not only protects privacy in New Hampshire, but will also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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California Committee Advances Bill to End Unchecked Police Surveillance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (July 13, 2017) –  Earlier this week, a second California Assembly committee passed a bill that would require all law enforcement agencies in the state to get local government approval before acquiring or using 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.

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St. Louis Ordinance Would Take First Step Toward Limiting the Surveillance State

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (July 3, 2017) – Passage of a proposed St. Louis ordinance 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.

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New Device Allows Police to Access Cell Phone Data in Seconds

A device soon to be available to state and local law enforcement could allow police officers to bypass passwords and download everything on an electronic device in a matter of seconds. The rapid development of this kind of technology underscores the need to exert strict controls over the types of surveillance equipment police officer have access to, and how they use it.

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New York Committee Passes Bill to Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Thwart Some Federal Surveillance

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 12, 2017) –  Last week, a New York Assembly committee passed an electronic data protection bill would ban the use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant, and end warrantless collection of cell phone data in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in New York, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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California Committee Approves Bill to End Unchecked Police Surveillance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 28, 2017) –  Yesterday, an important California Assembly committee passed a bill that would require all law enforcement agencies in the state to get local government approval before acquiring or using 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.

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NSA Can Divert American Internet Traffic Overseas for Warrantless Collection

The NSA and supporters of the surveillance state constantly insist the federal government doesn’t unconstitutionally spy on Americans. Of course, this is utter tripe. Now we have even more evidence that the federal spy-state simply ignores constitutional restrictions on their actions.

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Massachusetts Committee Hearing Held on Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying

BOSTON, Mass. (June 8, 2017) – Earlier this week, a Massachusetts committee held a hearing on a bill that would generally prohibit the warrantless use of stingray devices and the collection of electronic data stored by service providers. Final passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Massachusetts, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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