New York Electronic Communications Privacy Act Passed by Committee

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 16, 2016) – A New York Assembly committee has passed an electronic data protection bill that would end warrantless collection of cell phone data and ban the use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in New York, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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New York Police Departments Spend $550K On Stingrays; Rarely Obtain Court Orders for Use

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (June 2, 2016) – Two local New York law enforcement agencies spent over $550,000 purchasing and maintaining stingray devices to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications. Documents obtained by the ACLU reveal the departments went to great lengths to hide the existence of the devices and rarely obtain court orders for their use.

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Fail: New York Assembly Committee Guts Bill to Limit Automatic License Plate Readers

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 1, 2016) – A bill introduced in the New York Assembly to put strict limitations on the use of automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) by the state was drastically altered in committee. The new version of the bill only applies restrictions to private individuals.

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New York Assembly Committee Passes Bill Allowing People to Opt Out of Smart Meters; Undermine Federal Program

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 27, 2016) – A second New York Assembly committee has passed a bill that would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Final passage of this bill would allow New Yorkers to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

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New York Bill Would Allow Customers to Opt Out of Smart Meters; Undermine Federal Program

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 20, 2016) – A bill working its way through the New York legislature would allow customers to opt out of installing “smart meter” technology on their homes and businesses. Passage of this bill would allow New Yorkers to protect their own privacy, and it would take a step toward blocking a federal program in effect.

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Bill Introduced in New York Senate Would Limit ALPRs, Help Block National License Plate Tracking Program

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 15, 2016) – A bill introduced in the New York Senate would put strict limitations on the use of automated license plate reader systems (ALPRs) by the state. Passage would also have a major impact on federal efforts to tap in to state and local systems to track millions of people for the crime of driving.

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New York Assembly Committee Passes Bill to Expand Access to Medical Marijuana, Further Nullify Federal Prohibition

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 8, 2016) – On Tuesday, an Assembly committee passed a bill that would expand access to medical marijuana in the state. The bill would further open up the medicinal cannabis market in the state, and solidify the foundation to nullify federal prohibition.

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

ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 10, 2016) – A New York electronic data protection bill would end warrantless collection of cell phone data and ban the use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in New York, but would also hinder at least two aspects of the federal surveillance state.

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