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NEXT GENERATION 911

911 CALLThe 911 emergency system has been a staple for dispatching law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services for decades. The legacy 911 system is becoming increasingly less effective, however, as telecommunications services evolve. This LegisBrief explores the development of Next Generation 911 systems.

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AUTOMATED LICENSE PLATE READERS

LegisBrief LogoAutomated license plate readers (ALPRs) capture computer-readable images of license plates. These high-tech devices allow law enforcement agencies to compare plate numbers against those of stolen cars or cars driven by people suspected of being involved in criminal or terrorist activities. As ALPR use has increased, state lawmakers have begun to address the complex issues they raise about privacy and appropriate uses of the data.

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CELL PHONE THEFTS

cell phoneAs cell phone thefts soar, lawmakers look for ways to protect consumers and thwart the thieves. Lawmakers introduced or debated bills this year to require the use of kill switch or other software that allows the smartphone to be made inoperable after it is reported stolen. 

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EMPLOYERS AND SOCIAL MEDIA

meeting of twoIncreasing numbers of Americans use social media both on and off the job. Reports of employers asking employees to turn over their usernames or passwords for their personal accounts has led to privacy concerns. Lawmakers are considering legislation to restrict employers from requesting access to social networking usernames and passwords of applicants, students or employees.

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OVERVIEW | TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Information technology and advanced telecommunications have a major impact on the economic vitality of states. NCSL covers telecommunications policy and information technology issues in several major categories: consumer affairs, crime, management, telecommunications, privacy and security, and legislative information technology.

STANDING COMMITTEE

The Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce has jurisdiction over state-federal relations with regard to electronic commerce, banking, insurance, securities and other financial services issues, interstate commerce and taxation of electronic transactions, telecommunications and interstate business activity taxes.

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9-1-1 DATABASE

Search keyThe NCSL 9-1-1 database, was created in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to bring you up-to-date, comprehensive information about 9-1-1 bills that have been introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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