Feb. 23, 2013
**Corrected! I was in a huge rush when I posted this and left off about half of the info. Apologies. It is fixed now. ***
Thank to all who attended today’s privacy rally at the state capitol event!
It’s true-ALL Oklahomans value their privacy! Young, old, right, left and even some that cannot be so easily defined, turned out to stand up for their right to be let alone. We busted paradigms, expanded our networks, made new connections and put Big Brother in Oklahoma on notice. And we have only just begun to fight.
If you missed the Intenational Day of Privacy event at the state capitol today but want to help, here is our ation items on important privacy protecting legislation active in Oklahoma. In a nutshell, these bills cover drones, phones and RFID.
HB1559 (the last item on the list) is actually the most time sensitive of the three bills. Please send your emails out this weekend and follow op with calls on Moday morning if you can.
1.House Bill 1556-the Oklahoma Unmanned Aerial Surveillance Act
HB 1556 by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft requires law officers, absent an emergency, to obtain a warrant first before using drones for surveillance purposes and prohibits the state from outfitting drones with weapons.
The FAA estimates as many as 30,000 drones could be flying in US skies by 2020 and Oklahoma is poised to become a state leader in the drone industry. In fact, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security launched one of its first test flights for civil use of drones over the skies of Oklahoma in December 2012.
Drones are capable highly advanced surveillance. Law enforcement drones can carry various types of equipment including live-feed video cameras, facial recognition, automatic license plate readers, infrared cameras and more. Drone manufacturers admit some are designed to carry “less lethal” weapons such as Tasers or rubber bullets and law enforcement has openly expressed interest in utilizing these weapons.
HB1556 will be heard in the House Aerospace and Energy Committee.(contact info below) Call and tell them that you want them to support HB 1556 for these reasons:
- Drones should be deployed by law enforcement only with a warrant, in an emergency, or when there are specific and articulable grounds to believe that the drone will collect evidence relating to a specific criminal act.
- Images should be retained only when there is reasonable suspicion that they contain evidence of a crime or are relevant to an ongoing investigation or trial.
- Usage policy on domestic drones should be decided by the public’s representatives, not by police departments, and the policies should be clear, written, and open to the public.
- Use of domestic drones should be subject to open audits and proper oversight to prevent misuse.
- Domestic drones should not be equipped with lethal or non-lethal weapons.
Aerial, warrantless surveillance is a violation of our Fourth Amendment rights and our right to privacy!
2.House Bill 1557 – the Geolocation Information Protection Act
HB 1557 by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft requires a warrant for law enforcement access to cellphone data except in certain emergency situations.
All cell phones register their location with cell phone networks several times a minute, and this function cannot be turned off while the phone is getting a wireless signal. Our travels reveal many intimate details about our lives. Do you drink or go to bars, how about church? Are you faithful to your spouse? What medical treatment are you receiving? Are you politically active and if so, what political groups do you associate with?
HB1557 has been sent to the House Aerospace and Energy Committee but has not been scheduled to be heard yet. Please call or email the Chairman of this committee and ask that HB1557 be scheduled. Then contact the members of this committee and ask them to please support HB1557. Tell them that:
· The government should have to obtain a warrant based upon probable cause before tracking cell phones.
Warrantless cell phone tracking is
not permitted under the US Constitution and it is a grave violation of our
Oklahoma House Aerospace and Energy Committee Members
Chair Rep. John Trebilcock firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Weldon Watson email@example.com
Rep. Don Armes firstname.lastname@example.org (405) 557-7307
Rep. Mike Brown email@example.com (405) 557-7408
Rep. David Brumbaugh firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Marian Cooksey email@example.com
Rep. Scott Inman firstname.lastname@example.org (405) 557-7370
Rep. Steve Kouplen email@example.com (405) 557-7306
Rep. Randy McDaniel firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. R.C. Pruett email@example.com (405) 557-7382
Rep. Mike Sanders mike.sanders @okhouse.gov (405) 557-7407
Rep. Ben Sherrer firstname.lastname@example.org (405) 557-7364
Rep. Gary W. Banz email@example.com (405) 557-7395
Rep. David Brumbaugh firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Lee Denney email@example.com (405) 557-7304
Rep. Charlie Joyner firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Steve Martin email@example.com (405) 557-7402
Rep. Jerry McPeak firstname.lastname@example.org (405) 557-7302
Rep. Mike Reynolds email@example.com
Rep. Colby Schwartz firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Aaron Stiles email@example.com (405) 557-7386
Rep. Lisa J. Billy firstname.lastname@example.org (405) 557-7365
Rep. Josh Cockroft email@example.com
Rep. Jeffrey W. Hickman firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Dan Kirby email@example.com (405) 557-7356
Rep. Mark McBride firstname.lastname@example.org
Rep. Eric Proctor email@example.com (405) 557-7410
Rep. Sean Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org (405) 557-7322
Rep. Seneca Scott email@example.com (405) 557-7391
Rep. Paul Wesselhoft (these are his bills so no need to contact unless you just want to give him a Thank You!)
3.House Bill 1559 – NO RFID IN OUR ID!
HB1559 by Rep. Paul Wesselhoft would prohibit the state Public Safety Department from installing Radio Frequency Identification tracking technology in a driver’s license or state-issued identification card.
HB1559 has been sent to the House Transportation Committee. However, the Chairman of the committee, Rep. Charlie Joyner, refuses to schedule the bill to be heard (which is very odd since he voted FOR this very same piece of legislation in the past!)
Please email or call Rep. Joyner the member of the Transportation Committee and ask that he, please give HB1559 a hearing. Do this right away! if this bill is not scheduled on Tuesday Feb. 26-it will die.
Chairman House Transportation Committee Rep. Charlie Joyner firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell him that:
- The state of Oklahoma already prohibits the implantation of RFID microchips in human beings.
- RFID on our driver’s license and state ID cards would be the next best thing to actually implanting them in our bodies because we carry our ID documents with us everywhere we go.
- RFID readers are becoming more and more prevalent and will eventually enable tracking us wherever we go revealing our travels, habits and associations.
- Tagging and tracking of human beings is inappropriate and violates our right to privacy.
- AND remind him that he voted FOR this legislation before!
RFID is for inventory, NOT human beings