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California Organizations Use Available Tools to Fight for Privacy

In a previous report, we pointed out that simply passing laws isn’t enough. Ensuring government agencies comply with transparency requirements and limits on surveillance activities takes constant vigilance, pressure and activism. Some organizations in California are doing just that.

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Passing Surveillance Laws Isn’t Enough; Communities Must Push for Compliance

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Aug. 30, 2017) – A recent Los Angeles Times review of documents relating to the use stingray devices submitted by California law enforcement agencies underscores that simply passing laws isn’t enough. Ensuring government agencies comply with legal requirements takes constant vigilance, pressure and activism.

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To the Governor: Arizona Passes Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying

PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 19, 2017) – Today, the Arizona Senate gave final approval to 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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Arizona House Committee Passes Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying

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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Oregon Bill Takes on Stingray Spying, Bulk Warrantless Data Collection; Would Also Hinder Federal Surveillance

SALEM, Ore. (Jan. 13, 2017) – A bill introduced in the Oregon Senate would ban the use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations, and would restrict warrantless collection of cell phone data from third parties. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Oregon, but would also hinder the federal surveillance state.

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Oregon Bill Would Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

SALEM, Ore. (Jan. 10, 2017) – A bill filed in the Oregon Senate 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 the in Oregon, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Missouri House Bill Would Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Jan. 9, 2017) – A bill filed in the Missouri 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 the Show Me State, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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To the Governor’s Desk: Illinois House Passes Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 19, 2016) – Yesterday, the Illinois House 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. It now goes to the governor’s desk.The proposed legislation would not only protect privacy in Illinois, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Louisiana Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Limit Stingray Use; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (May 18, 2016) – Yesterday, the Louisiana Senate unanimously passed a bill that would require a court order for the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the state, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Pennsylvania Bill Would Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 13, 2016) – A bill recently introduced in the Pennsylvania House would ban the warrantless use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The proposed legislation would not only protect privacy in Pennsylvania, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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