New Mexico Bill Takes on Stingray Spying, Bulk Warrantless Data Collection; Would Also Hinder Some Federal Surveillance Programs

SANTA FE, N.M. (Jan. 12, 2017) – A electronic data privacy bill introduced in the New Mexico Senate would ban the use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations and restrict warrantless collection of cell phone data from third parties. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in New Mexico, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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Nebraska Bill Would Restrict ALPR Data, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

LINCOLN, Neb. (Jan. 10, 2017) – A bill filed in the Nebraska legislature would put limitations on the storage and sharing of information collected by Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) by law enforcement in the state, and place significant roadblocks in the way of a federal program using states to help track the location of millions of everyday people through pictures of their license plates.

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New Hampshire Bills Would Expand Medical Marijuana Program, Further Nullify Federal Prohibition

CONCORD, N.H. (Jan. 9, 2017) – New Hampshire will have several opportunities to expand its medical marijuana program, as six bills are currently active in the Live Free or Die State this year. If passed, these measures would further nullify the federal prohibition on cannabis in practice.

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