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DEA Plans to Expand License Plate Surveillance Program

WASHINGTON (Oct. 4, 2018) – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) plans to expand a surveillance program that tracks the location of millions of everyday people through pictures of their license plates. Continue reading DEA Plans to Expand License Plate Surveillance Program

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Massachusetts Committee Approves Bill to Limit ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

BOSTON, Mass. (Feb. 12, 2018) – Today, a Massachusetts committee passed a bill that 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. Continue reading Massachusetts Committee Approves Bill to Limit ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

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

LINCOLN, Neb. (Feb. 8, 2018) – Today, the Nebraska legislature unanimously passed a bill that 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 To the Governor: Nebraska Passes Bill to Limit ALPR Data, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

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Massachusetts Committee Hold Hearing on Bills to Limit ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

BOSTON, Mass. (Feb. 1, 2018) – Last week, a Massachusetts committee held a hearing on three bills that 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. Continue reading Massachusetts Committee Hold Hearing on Bills to Limit ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

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Rhode Island Bill Would Limit ALPR Use By Police, Help Stop National License Plate Tracking Program

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Jan. 25, 2018) – A bill introduced in the Rhode Island House would prohibit roadway surveillance, including the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs) without a warrant in most situations. 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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New York Bill Would Limit ALPRs, Hinder National License Plate Tracking Program

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 17, 2018) – 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. Continue reading New York Bill Would Limit ALPRs, Hinder National License Plate Tracking Program

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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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