Yet More Proof Congress Won’t Stop Mass Surveillance

A recent House Judiciary Committee markup session for the USA Freedom Act provided an inside look at political jockeying going on behind the scenes as Congress tries to hammer out some kind of surveillance reform.

It wasn’t encouraging for privacy advocates. In fact, it provides yet more proof that Congress will not ever stop mass surveillance.

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Texas Bill to Stop Cellphone Location Tracking Without a Warrant Passes House Committee

AUSTIN, Texas (May 1, 2015) – A Texas bill that would prohibit law enforcement from obtaining location data from electronic devices without a warrant in most cases, representing an important first step in addressing the growing federal surveillance state, passed out of committee Monday.

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Illinois House Passes Bill To Restrict ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Apr. 24, 2015) –  A bipartisan bill in Illinois that would put strict limitations on the use of 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, passed the state House on Friday.

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Oregon Bill to Take on Warrantless Collection of Cellphone Data Passes State Senate Unanimously

SALEM, Ore. (April 24, 2015) – A bipartisan Oregon bill that would prohibit law enforcement from obtaining information from electronic devices without a warrant in most cases unanimously passed the Senate yesterday. The proposed bill would not only protect privacy in Oregon, but would also address a practical effect of NSA spying.

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