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Minnesota Bill Would Put Electronic Communication and Data Privacy Amendment on the Ballot

ST PAUL, Minn. (Feb. 6, 2019) – A bill introduced in the Minnesota House would give voters an opportunity to put the privacy of their “electronic communications and data” on the same level as “persons, houses, papers and effects” in the state constitution. If ultimately passed, it would also hinder the growth of the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Minnesota Bill Would Put Electronic Communication and Data Privacy Amendment on the Ballot

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Minnesota Bill Takes on Warrantless Stingray Spying and Data Collection; Would Also Hinder Federal Surveillance

ST. PAUL, Minn. (April 24, 2017) –  A bill introduced in the Minnesota Senate would limit warrantless electronic data collection in the state. Final passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Minnesota, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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Minnesota Law Enforcement Uses Loophole to Avoid Stringent Warrant Requirements for Location Tracking

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Dec. 21, 2016) – A report released by the Minnesota court system reveals police in the state take advantage of a loophole created by overlapping laws to circumvent strict restrictions on obtaining location tracking information from electronic devices.

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Minnesota Bill Takes on Bulk Warrantless Data Collection and Stingray Spying; Would Also Hinder Some Federal Surveillance Programs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (March 15, 2016) – A Minnesota electronic data protection bill would end warrantless collection of cell phone data and ban the use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Minnesota, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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Minnesota Committee Passes Bill That Would Ban Warrantless Drone Spying; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

ST. PAUL, Minn. (March 14, 2016) –  A Minnesota bill that would restrict the warrantless use of drones by state and local law enforcement in most cases passed an important Senate committee today. 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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Signed into Law: Minnesota Bill to Restrict ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 28, 2015) – Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bipartisan bill into law last weekend that places strict limits on the use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement in the state, and places 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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Minnesota ‘Privacy Amendment’ Legislation Passes House Committee

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Mar. 2, 2015) – Minnesota voters are one step closer to having an opportunity to amend their state constitution in order to reject significant parts of mass surveillance programs by both state and federal government officials.

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Minnesota Legislation Would Send Question of Electronic Data Privacy to Voters

The Minnesota legislature is considering a measure that would give voters the opportunity to amend their state constitution in order to bolster their privacy rights in the digital age.

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Minnesota Bill Would Ban Law Enforcement from Obtaining Electronic Data without a Warrant

A bill introduced this week in the Minnesota Senate would prohibit a federal-local surveillance collaboration that the NSA’s former chief technical director called the “biggest threat since the civil war.”

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