New Hampshire Bill Banning Warrantless Location Tracking Passes Senate: First Step Against Federal/State Surveillance State

CONCORD, N.H. (June 10, 2015) – A bill that would prohibit law enforcement from obtaining location data from electronic devices without a warrant in most cases passed the New Hampshire Senate last week. The legislation would not only protect privacy in New Hampshire, but also takes an important first step in addressing the growing federal surveillance state.

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Oregon Bill to Take on Warrantless Collection of Cellphone Data Passes House Committee

SALEM, Ore. (June 8, 2015) – A bipartisan Oregon bill that would prohibit law enforcement from obtaining information from electronic devices passed a House committee last week. The proposed bill would not only protect privacy in Oregon, but would also address a practical effect of NSA spying.

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California Senate Passes Bill Requiring Warrant for Stingray Use and Obtaining Phone Data

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 4, 2015) – A California bill that would end the warrantless use of “stingrays” passed unanimously out of the state Senate on Tuesday. Passage into law would not only help protect privacy in California, but would also hinder part of the federal surveillance state.

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Michigan House Committee Unanimously Approves Bill That Would Put Electronic Privacy Protections to the Voters

LANSING, Mich. (June 1, 2015) – A Michigan House committee unanimously approved a resolution last Tuesday that would put before voters a state constitutional amendment to protect electronic communications and data from the prying eyes of state and local law enforcement. The amendment would also effectively block a small but intrusive practical effect of federal…

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California Bill Prohibiting Warrantless Use of Stingray Devices Clears Senate Committees

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (June 1, 2015) – A California bill that would end the warrantless use of “stingrays” passed out of a second state Senate committee on Friday. The bill would not only help protect privacy in California, but would also hinder part of the federal surveillance state.

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California Senate Passes Bill Taking on Stingray Surveillance, 39-0

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 25, 2015) – A bill that would take the first step in limiting the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications passed out of the state Senate on Friday. The bill would not only protect privacy in California, but would also hinder part of the federal surveillance state.

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Washington State Bill to End Unrestricted Use of Stingrays Signed Into Law

OLYMPIA, Wash. (May 12, 2015) – Yesterday, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law that prohibits the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant. The new law not only protects privacy in Washington state, but will also hinder one part of the federal surveillance state.

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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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