We Can’t Count on Congress to Stop Unconstitutional Spying

The events of 9/11 radically changed the way the US combats foreign threats such as terrorism. Ultimately, through Edward Snowden’s revelations, we’ve learned that the NSA is destroying privacy and Constitution protections. Faced with public opposition, politicians in D.C. responded with a “fix,” known as the USA Freedom Act. But to actually pass it through committee, it was amended to appease the intelligence committees in both the House and Senate, proving yet again that we cannot depend on federal fixes.

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Passed in Missouri and to the Voters: Bill to Protect Electronic Communications and Data

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., May 16, 2014 –  Legislation to protect electronic communications and data was given final approval by the Missouri State Senate today. Because it is a proposal for a state constitutional amendment, it will now bypass the Governor’s desk, instead going directly to the People on the ballot this November.

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To the Governor’s Desk: Minnesota Legislature Bans Warrantless Cellphone Tracking

ST. PAUL, Min., – May 14, 2014. A bipartisan bill that bans Minnesota law enforcement from obtaining cellphone location tracking information without a warrant passed final hurdles in the state House and Senate today. The House vote was 130-0 and the Senate vote was 63-1.

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South Carolina Action Alert: Support H4791 to Ban Warrantless Cellphone Tracking

On Feb. 26, H4791 was introduced to protect the electronic data of South Carolina residents from unwarranted surveillence within state lines. (learn about it here) It passed through the state house by a 89-17 margin, and was sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill will need to pass through that committee by a majority before the full state senate can have the opportunity to vote upon it.

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New Hampshire legislature passes anti-spying bill

CONCORD, N.H., May 9, 2014 – The New Hampshire legislature has passed a bill which bans government officials from obtaining “information contained in a portable electronic device” without a warrant “signed by a judge and based on probable cause.” The House and Senate passed slightly different versions of the bill, so a conference committee was appointed on Wednesday to get the final version of the bill to the Governor’s desk.

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Illinois Action Alert: Support SB2808 to ban warrantless cellphone tracking

SB2808, a bill that prevents Illinois state government officials from obtaining location information of individuals without a warrant, was introduced on Jan. 30 by Sen. Daniel Biss (D-9). It passed through the senate unanimously, and currently resides in the House Judiciary Committee. It will need to pass through the Judiciary Committee by majority before a vote can be taken by the whole house.

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Minnesota Action Alert: Help Privacy Bill Move Forward

Minnesota bill HF3173 requires government entities to obtain search warrants before obtaining personal identifying information, particularly electronic data, on an individual.

Status: This bill was introduced in the House on March 19, 2014 and was referred to the Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee on the same date.

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