Minnesota Action Alert: Require a Warrant before Obtaining An Individual’s Data

A Minnesota bill which would require a search warrant “before obtaining personal identifying information on an individual” regardless of any order or protest by national authority has been introduced in the state House. You can learn more about the legislation HERE.

HF3173 was introduced March 19 and referred to the Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee.

YOUR ACTION IS NEEDED NOW. It will take public pressure to get the bill a hearing and a vote to move it out of committee. Take these actions today no matter where you live in Minnesota.

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Michigan Action Alert: Support HB5420 to Nullify NSA

On Mar. 20, Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester) introduced HB5420 to prevent state cooperation with warrantless spying and personal data collection by the NSA and other federal agencies. (learn more about it here) It was referred to the Judiciary Committee where it will need to pass through a majority before it can be considered for a full vote by the house.

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Utah Governor Signs Bill to Restrict Drone Use

Known as the “Government Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Act,” SB167 states that “a law enforcement agency may not obtain, receive, or use data acquired through an unmanned aerial vehicle unless the data is obtained pursuant to a search warrant; in accordance with judicially recognized exceptions to warrant requirements.” It also requires state government agencies to report drone use to the public.

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Missouri Senate passes bill to protect electronic data and communications

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 3, 2014 – When proponents of mass, warrantless surveillance are backed into a corner on the basis that such activities violate the 4th Amendment’s warrant requirements, they often make the claim that electronic data is outside the scope of the amendment because it doesn’t qualify as “persons, houses, papers, or effects.”

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Banning warrantless data, Utah Governor signs privacy bill into law

HB0128 makes any electronic data obtained by law enforcement without a warrant inadmissible in a criminal proceeding. This includes data gathered by the NSA and shared through the super secret Special Operations Division (SOD) or fusion centers. The new law also stops Utah law enforcement from obtaining phone location data without a warrant.

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