Bills to Stop Mass Drone Surveillance Pass Both Houses in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (Feb. 24, 2015) The Virginia House joined the Senate today and unanimously passed a bill that would permanently restrict the use of drones by state and local law enforcement. If ultimately signed into law, this legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also thwart the federal surveillance state.

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CORRECTION: N.H. House Turns Bill to Reject Federal Militarization of Local Police Into Study Committee

CONCORD, N.H. (Feb. 18, 2015) – A bill that would prohibit state and local officials from owning or using certain military equipment, whether provided through the Department of Defense’s 1033 program or other federal grants, was amended into a bill creating study committee on the issue.

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Virginia House Votes 100-0 to Put Permanent Restrictions on Drone Surveillance

RICHMOND, Va. (Feb. 10, 2015) The Virginia House unanimously passed a bill that would permanently restrict the use of drones by state and local law enforcement today. If ultimately passed into law, this legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also thwart the federal surveillance state.

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Florida Bill Would Help Stop Federal License Plate Tracking Program

A wide-ranging privacy bill introduced in the Florida House would prohibit the use of automated license plate readers (ALPRs) without a warrant in most cases, and further ban retention of any legally-collected data, effectively blocking a federal program tracking millions of cars partly by tapping into ALPRs on a state-level.

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