Archive For The “Free Speech & Privacy Rights” Category

 So The UDC Gets Their Trademark Back?

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 So The UDC Gets Their Trademark Back?

US top court says band name ‘Slants’ ok The top US court says the government cannot deny registration of trademarks with offensive terms, arguing that is a violation of the right to free speech. Band members said they were reclaiming the term, which was viewed as derogatory to Asians. Band leader Simon Tam said they…

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Confederate Flag Battle Hits Iconic Charleston Boat

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Confederate Flag Battle Hits Iconic Charleston Boat

Back in 1989, Hurricane Hugo beached a small boat in among the oleander bushes near Folly Beach. No one claimed it, so artists dubbed it the “Folly Boat” and began painting it, eventually gaining official approval from the city of Charleston. The boat has seen so many layers that, at least once a decade, inches-thick…

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Nashville Metro Council Passes Ordinance Taking First Step Toward Limiting the Surveillance State

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 13, 2017) – Last week, the Metropolitan Council of Nashville and Davidson County overwhelmingly passed an ordinance taking the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy rights and feed into a broader national surveillance state. Councilman Dave Rosenberg introduced ordinance No. BL2017-646 in March. The…

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Massachusetts Committee Holds Hearing on Bill to Ban Warrantless Stingray Spying

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BOSTON, Mass. (June 9, 2017) – Earlier this week, a Massachusetts committee held a hearing on a bill that would generally prohibit the warrantless use of stingray devices and the collection of electronic data stored by service providers. Final passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in Massachusetts, but would also hinder at…

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San Francisco P.D. Severs Partnership with Feds Over Lax Surveillance Guidelines

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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Jun. 8, 2017) – In February, the San Francisco Police Department suspended its participation with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), a local/federal partnership that engages in broad-based surveillance in the name of national security. According to the FBI, JTTFs operate in more that 100 cities across the U.S. They “chase…

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California Senate Passes Bill to End Unchecked Police Surveillance

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 31, 2017) –  Today, the California Senate passed a bill that would require all law enforcement agencies in the state to get local government approval before acquiring or using surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy…

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New Hampshire Senate Kills Bill Banning Support for Warrantless Federal Spying Programs

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CONCORD, N.H. (May 25, 2017) – The New Hampshire Senate killed a bill that would have banned “material support or resources” to warrantless federal spying. Rep. Neal Kurk and Rep. Carol McGuire sponsored House Bill 171 (HB171), along with two cosponsors. The legislation would prohibit the state or its political subdivisions from assisting a federal agency…

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Michigan House Unanimously Passes Measure to Protect Electronic Data and Communications

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LANSING, Mich. (May 17, 2017) – Today, the Michigan House unanimously passed a proposal to put “electronic data and communications” on the same level as “persons, houses, papers, and possessions” in the state constitution. House Joint Resolution C (HJRC) was introduced by Rep. Jim Runestad (R-White Lake) along with 11 bipartisan co-sponsors. If approved, voters…

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New York Bill Would Help Protect Privacy, Thwart Some Federal Surveillance

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ALBANY, N.Y. (May 12, 2017) –  A New York electronic data protection bill would ban the use “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant, and end warrantless collection of cell phone data in most situations. Passage of the bill would not only protect privacy in New York,…

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James Comey: Liar

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In the wake of the James Comey firing, let’s not forget that he lied to all of us about NSA Spying. Here’s what he had to say in 2014: In the wake of the #JamesComey firing, let's not forget that he lied to all of us about #NSA #spying.#comey #tlot #tcot #FBI #liar pic.twitter.com/bO5Xz0DqwG —…

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Signed by the Governor: Montana Bill Taking on Warrantless Electronic Data Collection

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HELENA, Mont. (May 4, 2017) – Yesterday, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock signed a bill to require police to get a warrant in order to obtain electronic communication information from service providers in most cases. The new law will not only increase privacy protections in the state, it will also hinder one practical aspect of federal…

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California Committee Passes Bill to Require Local Approval Before Police Can Obtain Surveillance Technology

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 2, 2017) –  Last week, a California Senate committee passed a bill that would require all law enforcement agencies in the state to get local government approval before acquiring surveillance technology. Passage of the bill would take the first step toward limiting the unchecked use of surveillance technologies that violate basic privacy…

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