California County Passes Ordinance Taking on the Surveillance State

San Jose, Calif. (June 9, 2016) – On Wednesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a surveillance technology ordinance that sets the stage to limit the acquisition and use of spy gear by law enforcement and other county agencies. It also highlights a strategy that can be used to take on federal surveillance programs.

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California Assembly Passes Bill Taking on Drone Surveillance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 26, 2016) – On Monday, the California Assembly passed a bill that would restrict warrantless drone surveillance by state and local law enforcement. If ultimately signed into law, the legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state.

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California Assembly Committee Passes Bill Taking on Drone Surveillance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 9, 2016) – A California bill that would restrict warrantless drone surveillance by state and local law enforcement passed its final Assembly committee last Wednesday. If ultimately signed into law, the legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state.

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Proposed Manhattan Beach License Plate Tracking System Shows Need for State Limits on ALPRs

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (May 2, 2016) – Last month, the Manhattan Beach City Council approved a measure to fund a network of automatic license plate reader (ALPR) cameras that would scan every vehicle at seven entry points into the city. State legislation could curb such intrusive use of surveillance technology.

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Second California Assembly Committee Passes Bill Taking on Drone Surveillance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 26, 2016) – A California bill that would restrict warrantless drone surveillance by state and local law enforcement unanimously passed a second Assembly committee last week. If ultimately signed into law, the legislation would not only establish important privacy protections at the state level, it would also help thwart the federal surveillance state.

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End the Status Quo on Asset Forfeiture

The following is a letter from California resident and activist Brian Gonzalez to his Assembly representative on SB443. This bill takes on Asset Forfeiture in the state, and would close a huge federal loophole that allows local police in California circumvent state-level asset forfeiture restrictions by “passing off” cases to federal agents and still getting up to 80% of the proceeds. (learn more here)

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