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ACLU talks at NC legislature about surveillance technology

RALEIGH— Worried that state and local government could know too much about your private life? A civil rights group says more legislation is needed to regulate surveillance equipment that law enforcement agencies have at their disposal.

The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union scheduled a briefing Thursday in the Legislative Building auditorium about the technology police can use, as well as possible legislation the General Assembly could pass.

Scheduled speakers include an ACLU staff attorney focusing on technology and privacy as well as recent state Sen. Thom Goolsby, a Wilmington attorney and Republican.

The group cited the ability of law enforcement to track people’s whereabouts by cellphones and license plates. The emergence of drones also has raised concerns.

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