Sweeping Vermont Privacy Bill Passes State Senate; Would Hinder Several Federal Surveillance Programs

MONTPELIER, Vt. (Jan. 15, 2016) – A sweeping Vermont bill that would establish robust privacy protections in the state passed Senate Thursday. If ultimately signed into law, it would not only limit warrantless surveillance and help ensure electronic privacy in Vermont, but would also hinder part of the federal surveillance state.

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Oregon Law Curbing Warrantless Collection of Cellphone Data Now in Effect

SALEM, Ore. (Jan. 4, 2016) – Privacy got a boost in Oregon on New Year’s Day.

On Jan.1, a new law prohibiting police from obtaining information from electronic devices without a warrant in most cases went into effect. The new law will not only protect privacy in Oregon, but will also address a practical effect of federal spying.

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Local Cops Getting Spy Gear from Feds; States Can Stop It

Federal militarization of state and local police has gone beyond armored vehicles and combat grade weapons, and now encompasses the latest surveillance technology. Not only are state and local cops secretly obtaining high-tech spy gear, non-disclosure agreements signed by law enforcement agencies essentially give the FBI complete control over how your local cops gather evidence.

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Federal Judge: Government “Special Needs” Trump Fourth Amendment

According to at least one federal judge, warrantless bulk collection of phone data belonging to you and every American fits nicely within the parameters of the Fourth Amendment.

In other words, this federal government employee agrees with the federal government that it has the power and authority to collect your phone records, in mass, with no judicial oversight.

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Federal Government Fails to Limit the Federal Government and Protect Privacy…Again

It seems more and more apparent that all of the people waiting for federal courts to protect their privacy will decay into cobweb covered skeletons before the courts actually limit the power of the federal surveillance state.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected what Reuters called “a test case on privacy in the digital age.” The nine justices declined to weigh in on whether police need to obtain search warrants to examine cellphone location information held by wireless carriers.

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