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…

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The Massachusetts Personal Liberty Law of 1855: Lessons for Today

After an infamous Supreme Court opinion which claimed that the Federal Fugitive Slave Act precluded a Pennsylvania state law that prohibited blacks from being taken out of Pennsylvania into slavery, the state of Massachusetts passed a personal liberty law on May 21, 1855.

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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.

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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…

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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%.

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