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

JACKSON, Miss. (Jan. 16, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Mississippi 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 Mississippi, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Nebraska Bill Would Limit ALPR Data, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

LINCOLN, Neb. (Jan. 8, 2018) – A bill filed in the Nebraska legislature would put limitations on the storage and sharing of information collected by Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement in the state, and 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 Nebraska Bill Would Limit ALPR Data, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

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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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Missouri House Passes Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (May 12, 2017) – Yesterday, the Missouri House 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 the Show Me State, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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New Hampshire Committee Passes Bill to End Support of Warrantless Federal Spying Programs

CONCORD, N.H. (Feb. 10, 2017) – Today, a New Hampshire House committee passed a bill that would end any state cooperation with warrantless federal spying. Passage of the legislation would not only help protect privacy in New Hampshire, it would help hinder unconstitutional federal surveillance. Continue reading New Hampshire Committee Passes Bill to End Support of Warrantless Federal Spying Programs

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New York Bills Would Place Limits on Drones; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 13, 2017) – Bills introduced in the New York legislature would limit the warrantless use of surveillance drones. The legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state.

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West Virginia Bills Would Block Drone Spying, Hinder Some Federal Surveillance Programs

CHARLESTON, W.V., (Jan. 20, 2016) – Legislation filed in West Virginia last week would ban warrantless drone surveillance in the state, prohibit state and local government from using weaponized drones, and also serve to thwart one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Continue reading West Virginia Bills Would Block Drone Spying, Hinder Some Federal Surveillance Programs