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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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California Senate Passes Bill to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 1, 2018) –  Yesterday, the California Senate passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state. Continue reading California Senate Passes Bill to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control

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Privacy Localism Sweeping the Country as Cities and Counties Take Steps to Limit Surveillance

The Edward Snowden revelations shined a spotlight on the NSA and stirred up widespread outrage over warrantless surveillance. But Congress did nothing. In fact, it has extended surveillance “authority” and given federal agencies even more leeway to spy on Americans. But while D.C. politicians have shown little willingness rein in the ever-expanding surveillance state, activists have had more success addressing the issue at the local level. Continue reading Privacy Localism Sweeping the Country as Cities and Counties Take Steps to Limit Surveillance

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Davis California Passes Ordinance Creating Oversight and Transparency for Surveillance Programs

DAVIS, Calif. (April 6, 2018) – Last month, the city of Davis, Calif., passed a local ordinance that sets the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other city agencies. The law will also help limit the impact of the federal surveillance state.

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California Bill Would End Unchecked Police Surveillance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Feb. 21, 2018) –  A bill introduced in the California Senate would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state. Continue reading California Bill Would End Unchecked Police Surveillance

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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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St. Louis Ordinance Would Take First Step Toward Limiting the Surveillance State

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (July 3, 2017) – Passage of a proposed St. Louis ordinance would take 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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