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Proposed Hattiesburg Ordinance Would Take First Step Toward Limiting Surveillance State

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (Nov. 4, 2016) – The Hattiesburg City Council will consider an ordinance that 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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Ohio City Considering Ordinance to Limit Drones; Could Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio (Oct. 24, 2016) – An Ohio town will consider regulations on drones that may include limits on law enforcement surveillance. The legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the local level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state.

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Proposed Miami Beach Ordinance Would Take First Step Toward Limiting Surveillance State

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 20, 2016) – The Miami Beach city commission will consider an ordinance that 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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Local Surveillance Ordinance: Step One for Taking on the Surveillance State

The surveillance state continues to expand at breakneck speed with more and more local law enforcement agencies obtaining high-tech spy gear such as stingray devices, automatic license plate readers (ALPRs), sophisticated cameras and drones.

A newly developed local ordinance takes the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state. This proposed legislation requires law enforcement agencies to get the approval from their local governing body before obtaining equipment any type of surveillance technology.

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Seattle Police Secretly Used Software to Monitor Social Media Violating City Law

SEATTLE (Oct. 14, 2016) – The Seattle Police Department secretly purchased software allowing police to monitor social media posts in real time and used it for two years with no notice or oversight.

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Secret Baltimore Police Aerial Spy Program Underscores Need for Surveillance Oversight

BALTIMORE, Md. (Sept. 2, 2016) – The recent revelation of a privately funded aerial spy program run by the Baltimore Police Department underscores the importance of local government oversight of police department surveillance programs.

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California County Passes Ordinance Taking on the Surveillance State; Establishes Strategy for Local Action

San Jose, Calif. (June 8, 2016) – Yesterday the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a surveillance technology ordinance that sets the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other county agencies. It also highlights a strategy that can be used to take on federal surveillance programs.

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