The Electronic Data Privacy Act is legislation that makes it more difficult for Big Brother to properly function. It protects electronic data, including cell phone conversations, emails and Internet browsing from warrantless search and seizure by state government officials and prohibits the state from obtaining such data collected by federal agencies such as the NSA – through entities like fusion centers and SOD.
Furthermore, the bill calls for the immediate destruction of all data ‘accidentally’ gathered by the state during warranted data collection.
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How it Works
The Electronic Data Privacy Act states that state and local government agencies are only permitted to collect data without a warrant if an individual consents to such a search, or if it is “in accordance with judicially recognized exceptions to warrant requirements.” It also requires that Individuals be promptly notified when they are searched within three days, unless government officials receive a court order staying it up to 90 days for special circumstances.
Detractors may point to the fact that this legislation does not directly stop the NSA from spying on us. That is true. However, the bill does create impediments to the spy agency’s operation, and ends a practical effect of unconstitutional federal information gathering by stopping the state from engaging in data sharing with the feds.
First, the Electronic Data Privacy Act stops state and local government officials from getting into bed with Big Brother and doing its bidding by collecting data without a warrant and then sharing it with the feds. The legislation works toward removing some of the compliance that the feds need to realize its privacy-destroying surveillance grid.
The reality that the feds desperately want to sweep under the rug is that they rely on state and local cooperating a great deal. As a matter of fact, the feds count on it for most of their police state measures. This includes the collection of electronic information. The NSA cannot do its job alone. It regularly relies upon state and local government agencies to filter information gathered without a warrant back up the line to them though fusion centers. This makes the NSA’s job a whole lot easier, and it can be brought to an end by the passage of this legislation.
If the state agents can’t collect your information, they can’t share it with the feds.
That is not the only way the feds influence local and state government agencies. Through an intertwined network of state and federal agencies known as the Information Sharing Environment, public and private actors are encouraged to get in the act of spying on Americans. Under the guise of combating terrorism, illegally-gathered information is filtered from the feds through a formerly secret DEA unit known as the Special Operations Division, as well as fusion centers.
This information is almost always unrelated to terrorism. It is shared with state and local law enforcement and then used in criminal investigations The language in the Electronic Data Privacy Act brings this to an end. By prohibiting state and local agencies from obtaining information gathered without a warrant, such information cannot be used in a criminal proceeding, regardless of who gathers it. This keeps the independence of your state and local government entities intact and ends one practical effect of NSA spying.
There are more beneficial aspects to the Electronic Data Privacy Act. Devices such as Hailstorm and Stingray that can intercept electronic data indiscriminately and warrantlessly are being taken from foreign warzones and brought into the homeland. Because these devices appear as cell phone towers to mobile electronic devices, everyone’s data is vulnerable to predation by these devices. The Electronic Data Privacy Act shields your privacy rights from menacing technological innovations such as Hailstorm and Stingray.
We need your help to get this legislation introduced and passed. OffNow does not have professional lobbyists working around the clock to push through our legislation. We do not have a public relations team or money to pour into elaborate advertising campaigns like many other groups. All we have is our ideas, and dedicated activists like you who can push them to victory. We are a people-powered grassroots operation, and we need your help to achieve results. Join our cause, get involved, and create a revolution for decentralized governance that can save your privacy rights – and hopefully the Republic as well.