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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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New York Bill Would Limit ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 25, 2017) – A bill introduced in the New York Senate would put strict limitations on the use of automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) by the state. 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.

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Signed By Governor: Montana Bills to Limit License Plate Tracking and Warrantless Electronic Data Collection

HELENA, Mont. (April 15, 2017) – Yesterday, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed two bills into law that will increase privacy protections in the state and hinder at least two federal surveillance programs. The new laws will ban warrantless collection of data from an electronic device in most situations, and limit the use of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) in the state.

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To the Governor: Montana Passes Bill to Limit ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

HELENA, Mont. (Apr. 1, 2017) – Today, the Montana House gave final approval a bill that would limit the use of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) in the state. 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.

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Washington State Committee Passes Bill to Restrict ALPR Use; Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 27, 2017) – A Washington state bill that would limit the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs), and restrict the retention and sharing of collected data, passed an important House committee last week. If given final approval, the bill would not only protect privacy in Washington state, but would also hinder some aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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

HELENA, Mont. (Feb. 10, 2017) – A Montana bill that would limit the use of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) 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, passed an important House committee by a wide margin last week.

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Virginia Bill to Restrict ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program Passes House Committee

RICHMOND, Va. (Feb. 3, 2017) – Today, a Virginia bill that would limit the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs), and restrict the retention and sharing of collected data, passed an important House committee. If passed into law, the bills would not only protect privacy in Virginia, but would also hinder some aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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Tennessee Town Now Has the Ability to Track Drivers Through Their License Plates

LEBANON, Tenn. (Sept. 22, 2016) – A small-town Tennessee police department recently deployed an automatic license plate reader system that allows officers to collect and store data on the location of drivers in the city and potentially feed it into a federal database.

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Police: Parking in Newport Beach Makes You Part of a Criminal Investigation

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (Aug. 3, 2016) – If you park your car in Newport Beach, police will likely scan your license plate with an ALPR. According to police, this automatically makes you the subject of a criminal investigation.

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