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Rhode Island Bill Would Limit ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Jan. 10, 2019) – 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. Continue reading Rhode Island Bill Would Limit ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

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

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 1, 2018) – 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 Judicial Order for Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance

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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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Rhode Island House Bill Would Require Judicial Order for Stingray Use, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Feb. 3, 2017) – 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.

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Rhode Island Law Bans Warrantless Location Tracking

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Sept. 8, 2016) – Under a new law passed during the last legislative session, police in Rhode Island must now obtain a warrant before obtaining location information from electronic devices in most situations. The new law not only protects privacy in Rhode Island, but also takes an important first step in addressing the growing federal surveillance state.

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Rhode Island House Committee Holds Hearing on Bill to Limit Warrantless Drone Surveillance

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 28, 2016) – A Rhode Island bill that would restrict the use of drones by state and local law enforcement had its first committee hearing this week. The legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, but would also help thwart the federal surveillance state.

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Rhode Island Bill Would Place Limits on Drones; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 18, 2016) – A bill introduced in the Rhode Island House would restrict the use of drones by state and local law enforcement. 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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Committee Hearing Held for Rhode Island Bill to Limit Stingray Use

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 11, 2016) – On March 30, the Rhode Island House Committee on Judiciary held a crucial hearing on a bill that 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.

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Special Report: States Move Bills to Take on Drones, Stingrays

Last week, the NH House passed a bill to stop drone spying, Georgia passed a bill to ban weaponized drones. This week, a hearing in Rhode Island on a bill to stop spying by “stingray” or cell site simulators. Continue reading Special Report: States Move Bills to Take on Drones, Stingrays

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Rhode Island Bill Would Require Judicial Order for the Use of Stingrays; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Feb. 29, 2016) – A Rhode Island bill 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.

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