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
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.
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.
While most privacy activists have their attention on the FBI-Apple standoff, a number of states are considering important bills to help stop mass surveillance – no matter what the outcome. Continue reading Special Report: 3 States Advance Privacy Legislation
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”