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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Signed by the Governor: New Louisiana Law Takes on Stingray Spying; Will Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (June 6, 2016) – Last week, Louisiana Gov. John Bell Edwards signed a bill into law that requires a court order for the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications. The new law will not only protect privacy in the state, but will also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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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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To the Governor’s Desk: Louisiana House Gives Final Approval to Bill to Limit Stingray Use; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (May 23, 2016) – Today, the Louisiana House gave final approval to a bill that would require a court order for the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications. If Gov. John Bell Edwards signs the bill, it would not only protect privacy in the state, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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To the Governor: Illinois Unanimously Passes Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (May 19, 2016) – Yesterday, the Illinois House unanimously passed a bill that would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. It now goes to the governor’s desk.The proposed legislation would not only protect privacy in Illinois, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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Louisiana Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Limit Stingray Use; Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

BATON ROUGE, La. (May 18, 2016) – Yesterday, the Louisiana Senate unanimously passed a bill that would require a court order for the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in the state, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state.

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To the Governor’s Desk: Sweeping Vermont Privacy Bill Passes; Would Hinder Several Federal Surveillance Programs

MONTPELIER, Vt. (May 10, 2016) – The Vermont legislature has passed a sweeping bill that would establish robust privacy protections in the state, If ultimately signed into law, it would not only limit warrantless surveillance and help ensure electronic privacy in Vermont, but would also hinder several federal surveillance programs that rely on cooperation and data from state and local law enforcement.

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