Montana House Passes Bill to Ban Warrantless Collection of Electronic Data

HELENA, Mont. (Feb. 17, 2017) – A Montana bill that would ban warrantless collection of data from an electronic device in most situations unanimously passed the House on Wednesday. Final passage of the legislation would not only increase privacy protections in the state, it would also hinder one practical aspect of federal surveillance programs.

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Arizona Bill Taking on Asset Forfeiture, Closing Federal Loophole Passes Two Committees Over Strong Opposition

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Feb. 17, 2017) – An Arizona bill that would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws has unanimously passed two important House committees. The bill also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds in most situations.

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Missouri Committee Passes Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Feb. 17, 2017) – A Missouri bill that would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations passed an important House committee this week. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in the Show Me State, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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North Dakota Bill Taking on Asset Forfeiture and Closing Federal Loophole Passes Committee

BISMARCK, N.D. (Feb. 16, 2017) – A North Dakota bill that would reform the state’s asset forfeiture laws to prohibit the state from taking property without a criminal conviction in most situations passed an important House committee yesterday. The legislation also takes on federal forfeiture programs by banning prosecutors from circumventing state laws by passing cases off to the feds.

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