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Virginia Bill Would Restrict Police Access to Historical Location Data, Thwart Federal Surveillance Program

RICHMOND, Va. (Jan. 16, 2018) – A Virginia bill would end warrantless collection of a person’s historical location data. The legislation would not only increase privacy protections in the state, it would also hinder some federal surveillance programs.

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Virginia House Rejects Bill to Restrict ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

RICHMOND, Va. (April 11, 2017) – The Republican-dominated Virginia House of Delegates rejected a bill that would have limited the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs), and restrict the retention and sharing of collected data. If passed into law, the bill would have not only protected privacy in Virginia, but would have also hindered some aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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Virginia Bill to Restrict ALPR Use, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program Passes House Committee

RICHMOND, Va. (Feb. 3, 2017) – Today, a Virginia bill that would limit the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs), and restrict the retention and sharing of collected data, passed an important House committee. If passed into law, the bills would not only protect privacy in Virginia, but would also hinder some aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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Virginia Bills Would Restrict ALPR Use; Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

RICHMOND, Va. (Jan. 12, 2017) – Bills introduced in the Virginia House and Senate would limit the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs), and restrict the retention and sharing of collected data. If passed into law, the bills would not only protect privacy in Virginia, but would also hinder some aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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Virginia Judge Rules There Are No Limits on License Plate Tracking

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (Dec. 20, 2016) – Earlier this month, a Virginia judge ruled license plate tracking legal in the state, holding it doesn’t violate privacy rights. The ruling underscores the need for state legislative action to curb this intrusive practice.

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Virginia Bill Would Restrict ALPR Use and Other Surveillance; Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 12, 2016) – During the 2017 session, the Virginia legislature will consider a bill that would broadly ban warrantless surveillance and limit the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPRs). If passed into law, the bill would not only protect privacy in Virginia, but would also hinder some aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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Virginia Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection; Hinder Some Federal Surveillance Programs Still Alive

RICHMOND, Va. (Sept 9, 2016) – In 2017, the Virginia legislature will consider a bill that would not only protect privacy in Virginia, but also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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Big Brother Rules Old Dominion: Virginia Fails to Limit Surveillance State in 2016

RICHMOND, Va (May 4, 2016) – Over the past few years, Virginia has been a leader in pushing back against the federal surveillance state. passing bills to curtail drones and NDAA indefinite detention. However, the tide has been turning in the wrong direction for the Old Dominion state since Gov. Terry McAulliffe (D) assumed office. He vetoed a measure to put common sense restrictions on license plate readers last year. In 2016, the legislature followed the governor’s lead, failing to approve four bills to protect privacy.

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Virginia Bill Would Prohibit Warrantless Electronic Data Collection; Hinder Some Federal Surveillance Programs

RICHMOND, Va. (Jan. 25, 2016) – A Virginia electronic data protection bill would end warrantless collection of cell phone data and ban the use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant or wiretap order in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Virginia, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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Virginia Bill Would Restrict ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

RICHMOND, Va. (Dec. 22, 2014) – A bill prefiled in the Virginia legislature for the 2016 session would put limitations on the storage and sharing of information collected by Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement in the state, and 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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