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Utah Committee Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Access to Information in the Cloud, Help Hinder Federal Surveillance

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Feb. 13, 2019) –  On Tuesday, a Utah House committee passed a bill that would require police to get a warrant before accessing data stored in the “cloud.” The proposed law would not only increase privacy protections in Utah; it would also hinder the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Utah Committee Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Access to Information in the Cloud, Help Hinder Federal Surveillance

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Florida Committee Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Help Hinder Federal Surveillance

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Feb. 111, 2019) – Today, a Florida Senate committee passed a bill that would ban warrantless location tracking and the use of stingray devices to sweep up electronic communications in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in Florida, but it would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Florida Committee Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Help Hinder Federal Surveillance

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Minnesota Bill Would Put Electronic Communication and Data Privacy Amendment on the Ballot

ST PAUL, Minn. (Feb. 6, 2019) – A bill introduced in the Minnesota House would give voters an opportunity to put the privacy of their “electronic communications and data” on the same level as “persons, houses, papers and effects” in the state constitution. If ultimately passed, it would also hinder the growth of the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Minnesota Bill Would Put Electronic Communication and Data Privacy Amendment on the Ballot

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Signed By the Governor: New Mexico Electronic Communications Privacy Act

SANTA FE, N.M. (Feb 5, 2019) – Yesterday, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill into law that limits the warrantless use of stingray devices to track people’s location and sweep up electronic communications, and more broadly protects the privacy of electronic data. The new law will also hinder the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Signed By the Governor: New Mexico Electronic Communications Privacy Act

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

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 4, 2019) – Last week, a Washington state Senate Committe passed a bill that would place stringent restrictions on the use of automatic license plate reader technologies (ALPRs) by state law enforcement agencies. 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 Washington Committee Passes Bill to Limit ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

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Wyoming Bill Would Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Jan. 31. 2019) – A bill introduced in the Wyoming House would ban the warrantless collection of electronic data and the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Wyoming, it would also hinder the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Wyoming Bill Would Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance

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New York Bill Would Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 31, 2019) – A bill introduced in the New York Assembly would ban the warrantless collection of electronic data and the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in New York, it would also hinder the federal surveillance state. Continue reading New York Bill Would Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance

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Appeals Court: Police Don’t Need Reason to Put You on a Suspicious Person List

Day by day, year by year, our justice system proves the Constitution has essentially become worthless. Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California ruled that police do not need a reason to place a person on the Suspicious Person List. Continue reading Appeals Court: Police Don’t Need Reason to Put You on a Suspicious Person List

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San Francisco Ordinance Would Take on the Surveillance State and Ban Facial Recognition

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2019) – An ordinance introduced in the San Francisco Board of Supervisors would set the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other city agencies and ban the use of facial recognition technology in the city.  Continue reading San Francisco Ordinance Would Take on the Surveillance State and Ban Facial Recognition

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Washington Bills Would Ban the Warrantless Use of Facial Recognition Technology

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Jan. 29, 2019) – Bills introduced in the Washington state legislature would ban the warrantless use of facial recognition technology in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in Washington state, but it would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Washington Bills Would Ban the Warrantless Use of Facial Recognition Technology