Nashville Metro Council Passes Ordinance Taking First Step Toward Limiting the Surveillance State

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 13, 2017) – Last week, the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County overwhelmingly passed an ordinance taking the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state.

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Massachusetts Committee Holds Hearing on Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying

BOSTON, Mass. (June 9, 2017) – Earlier this week, a Massachusetts committee held a hearing on a bill that would generally prohibit the warrantless use of stingray devices and the collection of electronic data stored by service providers. Final passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Massachusetts, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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California Senate Passes Bill to End Unchecked Police Surveillance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 31, 2017) –  Today, the California Senate passed a bill that would require all law enforcement agencies in the state to get local government approval before acquiring or using surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state.

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New York Bill Would Help Protect Privacy, Thwart Some Federal Surveillance

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 12, 2017) –  A New York electronic data protection bill would ban the use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant, and end warrantless collection of cell phone data in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in New York, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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Signed by the Governor: Montana Bill Taking on Warrantless Electronic Data Collection

HELENA, Mont. (May 4, 2017) – Yesterday, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill to require police to get a warrant in order to obtain electronic communication information from service providers in most cases. The new law will not only increase privacy protections in the state, it will also hinder one practical aspect of federal surveillance programs.

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California Committee Passes Bill to Require Local Approval Before Police Can Obtain Surveillance Technology

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 2, 2017) –  Last week, a California Senate committee passed a bill that would require all law enforcement agencies in the state to get local government approval before acquiring surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state.

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