While most privacy activists have their attention on the FBI-Apple standoff, a number of states are considering important bills to help stop mass surveillance – no matter what the outcome.

In Oklahoma last week, the Senate passed a bill that would strictly limit the use of Automated license plate readers and help block a nationwide license plate tracking program.  Also in Oklahoma, the House passed a bill to require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before conducting drone surveillance in most cases. The bill also includes an outright prohibition on the use of weaponized drones.

According to a report in the Daily Dot, the New Hampshire house passed giving public libraries explicit permission to run powerful privacy software like Tor. The vote was 268-62.

In Minnesota, a bill was introduced to ban the warrantless use of cell-site simulators, also known as Stingrays.  These devices trick your cellphone into sending all its data to the hand-held device instead of the local cell tower.

And also in Minnesota, SF1299 was passed by the Judiciary committee on monday and now the full state senate has an opportunity to pass a bill that would ban warrantless surveillance by drones.

Stay up to date with all the latest state-level privacy efforts at OffNow.org – Click here

Michael Boldin

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