Minnesota Action Alert: Support HF3173 to Bolster Privacy Rights

HF3173, a bill that would ban government officials from obtaining the personal identifying information of individuals without a warrant in Minnesota, was introduced on Mar. 19 by Rep. John Lesch (DFL-66B). It was promptly referred to the Public Safety Finance and Policy Committee where it will need to pass through a majority before it can…


Michigan Action Alert: Support HB5420, the 4th Amendment Protection Act

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.


Missouri Action Alert: Support SJR27 to Protect Privacy

SJR27, a proposal for a state constitutional amendment that would expressly include electronic data and communications in the same protected class as “persons, houses, papers, and effects,” is moving forward in the Missouri legislature.  It passed the senate by a 31-2 vote.  It is now in the House Downsizing State Government Committee where it will…


Is Facebook attacking the Tenth Amendment Center?

The answer to that question is “maybe.” I don’t really know.

I do know that yesterday, our posts to nearly 130,000 people, which used to reach a minimum of 2000 in the first hour or so, dropped to about 200. Suddenly and quickly, our reach has been cut by about 90%.


Illinois Senate passes bill to ban warrantless cellphone tracking, 52-0

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., April 9, 2014 – An Illinois bill which would ban law enforcement from obtaining cellphone location tracking information without a warrant passed the state senate yesterday.

Introduced by Sen. Daniel Biss, Senate Bill 2808 (SB2808) passed by a vote of 52-0.


California Action Alert: Support SB828 to protect the 4th Amendment

On Jan. 6, SB828 was introduced by Sen. Ted Lieu (D-28) and Sen. Joel Anderson (R-36) to protect Californians from unwarranted NSA surveillance. (learn about it here) It was  referred to the Committee on Public Safety where a public hearing has been set for Apr. 29.