Prohibiting Tools that Allow Police to Conduct Warrantless Surveillance

H.4496 and H.4522 each attempt to protect innocent citizens from police surveillance by respectively prohibiting automatic number plate recognition systems and cell-site simulator technology or devices (commonly known as stingrays). Both of these devices, whether through the tracking of an individual’s cell phone or license plate, can allow police to conduct warrantless surveillance, raising serious Fourth Amendment concerns.

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