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Radio Discussion: Addressing Surveillance at the Local Level

I’ve been involved in local activism taking on the surveillance state in my hometown. Well, I got some great media exposure on a local radio station recently.

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California Bill to End Unchecked Police Surveillance Dies in Committee

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Sept 4, 2017) –  Last week, a bill that would have required all law enforcement agencies in the state to get local government approval before acquiring or using surveillance technology died in a California Assembly committee – at least for this year. Passage of the bill would have taken the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state.

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Passing Surveillance Laws Isn’t Enough; Communities Must Push for Compliance

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Aug. 30, 2017) – A recent Los Angeles Times review of documents relating to the use stingray devices submitted by California law enforcement agencies underscores that simply passing laws isn’t enough. Ensuring government agencies comply with legal requirements takes constant vigilance, pressure and activism.

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Now in Effect: Arizona Law Prohibits Warrantless Stingray Spying

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Aug. 9, 2017) – Today, a new Arizona law that in most situations bans the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant went into effect. The new law will not only protect privacy in Arizona, but will also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Seattle City Council Passes Ordinance Taking First Step Toward Limiting the Surveillance State

SEATTLE (Aug. 1, 2017) – Yesterday, the Seattle City Council passed an ordinance taking the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into the broader national surveillance state.

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Pennsylvania Bill Would Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying

HARRISBURG, Pa. (July 24, 2017) –  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.

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Now Law: New Hampshire Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying

CONCORD, N.H. (July 13, 2017) – Earlier this week, a bill that bans the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations became law without the governor’s signature. The new statute not only protects privacy in New Hampshire, but will also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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