Amazon Selling Real-Time Facial Recognition Technology to Government

It was revealed publicly last week that law enforcement agents are using facial recognition technology marketed by Amazon to profile people in real time. It is being used in the Orlando, Fla., area as well as Washington County in Oregon and will soon be rolled out in more areas throughout the country. These developments serve as an example of the negative impact that corporate-public partnerships can have on our privacy rights.

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California Committee Passes Measure to Help End Unchecked Police Surveillance, Establish More Local Control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 30, 2018) –  Last Friday, a final California Senate committee passed a bill that would increase oversight and transparency of law enforcement 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 Jersey Bill Would Expand Medical Marijuana Program Through Reciprocity With Other States

TRENTON, N.J. (May 29, 2018) – A bill introduced in the New Jersey assembly would expand access to medical marijuana by instituting reciprocity with other medical marijuana states. The bill would further expand the medicinal cannabis market in the New Jersey and further nullify federal prohibition in practice.

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California Committee Passes Bill Ending Unrestricted Federal Militarization of Local Police

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 24, 2018) – Yesterday, a final California Assembly committee passed a bill that would require law enforcement agencies in the state to get local governmental approval before acquiring or using military equipment. Passage of the bill into law would set the stage to limit federal programs that militarize local police.

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Proposed St. Louis Ordinance Would Create Oversight and Transparency for Surveillance Programs

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (May 22, 2018) – The St. Louis City Board of Alderman will consider a local ordinance that would the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other city agencies. The proposed law would also help limit the impact of the federal surveillance state.

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To the Governor’s Desk: Louisiana Bills Would Expand Medical Marijuana Program Despite Federal Prohibition

BATON ROUGE, La. (May 21, 2018) – Last week, the Louisiana House gave final approval to three bills that would relax restrictions on medical marijuana for qualifying patients. Enactment of this legislation into law would further nullify marijuana prohibition in effect in the Pelican State.

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New Hampshire Asset Forfeiture Reporting Law Lacks Important Requirements

CONCORD, N.H. (May 21, 2018) – Last week, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill into law requiring the state attorney general to produce an annual report detailing asset forfeitures in the state. The law takes a small step forward, but important provisions requiring reporting of federal asset forfeiture cases were stripped out of the legislation.

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