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Protecting Privacy from New Technology like Drones

Filed by Michael Cross in Local News, News, Politics.
February 5, 2013

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is joining with Republican lawmakers to protect people’s privacy.

One of the issues deals with budding technologies from cell phones to unmanned drones.

Three bills under consideration this session include banning radio frequency ID on drivers’ licenses and requiring warrants for cell phone tracking and drone use.

ACLU of Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel says protecting people’s privacy is not a partisan issue.

“It’s a value that’s very fundamental to the American constitutional system of government. That we do not want to and should not live in a surveillance state where every move we make is monitored tracked and scrutinized by the government.”

Moore Republican Representative Paul Wesselhoft is authoring the three bills including the radio frequency legislation he got passed three years ago but was vetoed by then-Governor Henry.

Kiesel and Wesselhoft say none of this legislation will thwart legitimate investigations by law enforcement.


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