Massachusetts has a long history of standing up for liberty. Right now, it has the opportunity to become a national leader in fighting government use of face surveillance. Face surveillance poses a threat to our privacy, chills protest in public places, and gives law enforcement unregulated power to undermine due process. Massachusetts bills S.1385 and H.1538 would place a moratorium on government use of face surveillance, until the legislature passes measures to regulate these technologies, protect civil liberties, and ensure oversight of face surveillance use.
Right now, Senators are working to remove key legal protections that protect people from patent trolls and other abusers of the patent system.
Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) have published a draft bill that will undermine protections of Section 101 of the U.S. Patent Act.
Section 101 puts important limits on what can be patented. For instance, it bans patents on abstract ideas, natural phenomena, and laws of nature. Our patent laws are supposed to keep those basic ideas unpatented—they are the building blocks of scientific progress, available to all.
Over nearly two decades, the NSA has searched millions of Americans’ telephone call records—all without a warrant or, for the vast majority of these calls, any suspicion of wrongdoing.
It’s time to end the mass telephone Call Detail Records (CDR) program once and for all. Tell your members of Congress to support the Ending Mass Collection of Americans’ Phone Records Act (S. 936, H.R. 1942).