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Maryland House Committee Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Feb. 21, 2019) – Last week, a Maryland House committee unanimously passed a bill that would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones without a court order and prohibit police from sweeping up electronic communications. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in Maryland, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Maryland House Committee Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

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Minnesota Bills Would Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance

 

ST. PAUL, Minn. (Feb. 20, 2019) – Bills filed in the Minnesota House and Senate 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 Minnesota Bills Would Limit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection, Hinder Federal Surveillance

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Utah Committee Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Access to Information in the Cloud, Help Hinder Federal Surveillance

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Feb. 13, 2019) –  On Tuesday, a Utah House committee passed 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 Utah Committee Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Access to Information in the Cloud, Help Hinder Federal Surveillance

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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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Signed By the Governor: New Mexico Electronic Communications Privacy Act

SANTA FE, N.M. (Feb 5, 2019) – Yesterday, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill into law that limits the warrantless use of stingray devices to track people’s location and sweep up electronic communications, and more broadly protects the privacy of electronic data. The new law will also hinder the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Signed By the Governor: New Mexico Electronic Communications Privacy Act

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Appeals Court: Police Don’t Need Reason to Put You on a Suspicious Person List

Day by day, year by year, our justice system proves the Constitution has essentially become worthless. Yesterday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California ruled that police do not need a reason to place a person on the Suspicious Person List. Continue reading Appeals Court: Police Don’t Need Reason to Put You on a Suspicious Person List

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San Francisco Ordinance Would Take on the Surveillance State and Ban Facial Recognition

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Jan. 30, 2019) – An ordinance introduced in the San Francisco Board of Supervisors would set the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other city agencies and ban the use of facial recognition technology in the city.  Continue reading San Francisco Ordinance Would Take on the Surveillance State and Ban Facial Recognition

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Washington Bills Would Ban the Warrantless Use of Facial Recognition Technology

OLYMPIA, Wash. (Jan. 29, 2019) – Bills introduced in the Washington state legislature would ban the warrantless use of facial recognition technology in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in Washington state, but it would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Washington Bills Would Ban the Warrantless Use of Facial Recognition Technology

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Hawaii Bill Would Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance

HONOLULU, Hawaii (Jan. 29, 2019) – A bill introduced in the Hawaii Senate would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant or court order in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in Hawaii, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Continue reading Hawaii Bill Would Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance

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Montana Bill Would Prohibit Smart Meter Data Sharing, Undermine Federal Program

HELENA, Mont. (Jan. 25, 2019) – A bill introduced in the Montana House would restrict the sharing of “smart meter” data and set the stage to allow utility customers to opt out of the technology altogether. Passage of this bill would protect privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect. Continue reading Montana Bill Would Prohibit Smart Meter Data Sharing, Undermine Federal Program