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Rhode Island Bill Would Require Court Order for Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 19, 2019) – A bill introduced in the Rhode Island House would require a judicial order for the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the state, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Rhode Island Bill Would Require Court Order for Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance

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San Diego Has Been Turned Into a Massive Chinese-Style Public Surveillance Network

Can you imagine a city in the United States secretly creating a Chinese-style public surveillance network that can identify everyone? Can you imagine that same city secretly creating a Chinese-style public watchlisting network? Well imagine no more because it has already happened. Continue reading San Diego Has Been Turned Into a Massive Chinese-Style Public Surveillance Network

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To the Governor: Utah Bill to Ban Warrantless Access to Information in the Cloud, Help Hinder Federal Surveillance

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (March 14, 2019) –  Yesterday, the Utah House gave final approval to a bill that would require police to get a warrant before accessing data stored in the “cloud.” The proposed law would not only increase privacy protections in Utah; it would also hinder the federal surveillance state. Continue reading To the Governor: Utah Bill to Ban Warrantless Access to Information in the Cloud, Help Hinder Federal Surveillance

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Utah Committee Passes Bill to Bar Police from Forcing a Person to Use Their Biometric Data to Open an Electronic Device

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (March 13, 2019) – Last Friday, a Utah House committee passed a bill that would prohibit police from using a person’s biometric data to gain access to their electronic device. The bill would not only privacy in Utah; it would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Utah Committee Passes Bill to Bar Police from Forcing a Person to Use Their Biometric Data to Open an Electronic Device

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Missouri Committee Passes Bill to Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (March 13, 2019) – Yesterday, a Missouri House committee passed a bill that would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This is an essential step every state needs to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own. Continue reading Missouri Committee Passes Bill to Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

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Vermont Bill Would Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

MONTPELIER, Vt. (March 13, 2019) – A bill introduced in the Vermont House would ban “material support or resources” for warrantless federal surveillance programs. This is an essential step every state needs to take at a time when the federal government seems unlikely to ever end unconstitutional spying on its own. Continue reading Vermont Bill Would Ban “Material Support or Resources” for Warrantless Federal Surveillance

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Minnesota Committee Passes Bill to Limit Warrantless Drone Surveillance, Hinder Federal Spying

ST PAUL, Minn. (March 5, 2019) – Last week, a Minnesota House committee passed a bill that would limit warrantless drone surveillance. The legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level; it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Minnesota Committee Passes Bill to Limit Warrantless Drone Surveillance, Hinder Federal Spying

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Digital Drivers Licenses and Smartphones Will Be Searched by Police

For years the push to replace physical drivers licenses with digital drivers licenses has relied on one thing; privacy. But all of the “fake news” the public has been fed about their privacy is about to come “crashing” down — literally. If passed, a Nevada bill would allow police to search everyone’s smartphones. Continue reading Digital Drivers Licenses and Smartphones Will Be Searched by Police

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Oklahoma Committee Passes Bill to Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Feb. 28, 2019) – On Tuesday, an Oklahoma Senate committee unanimously passed a bill that would limit the warrantless use of stingray devices to track people’s location and sweep up electronic communications and more broadly protect the privacy of electronic data. The proposed law would also hinder the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Oklahoma Committee Passes Bill to Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance

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Pennsylvania Bill Would Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Feb. 26, 2019) –  A bill introduced in the Pennsylvania House would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in Pennsylvania, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Pennsylvania Bill Would Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program