Opposition to I.R. 1266: Suffolk County Prepaid Cell Phone Bill
A bill, I.R. 1266, has been introduced to the Suffolk County Legislature by Leg. Kate Browning that would require consumers to present two forms of identification when purchasing prepaid cell phones; would establish a police database in which the personal information of these individuals would be stored; and would also require retailers to enter the personal information of prepaid cell phone purchasers into the police department’s database or maintain paper records. A retailer’s failure to comply is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or up to one year in jail.
We are gravely concerned about the unintended consequences of this bill on civil liberties, immigrant communities, the poor, and victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. For domestic violence and human trafficking victims, we believe the value of maintaining the degree of anonymity offered by prepaid cell phones, as used to prevent abusers and perpetrators from tracking and further harming victims, outweighs the potential benefits of this legislation.
Additionally, the intended purpose of this bill--to deter would-be criminals and terrorists--is misguided and ineffective. Would-be criminals could just as easily avoid identifying themselves by purchasing prepaid cell phones outside of Suffolk County or use a payphone. Yet the burden on our constitutional rights is great. Under this legislation, law enforcement would be able to obtain consumers’ personal information without a warrant, upsetting well-established 4th Amendment principles.
Although this formal public hearing process is closed in the legislature, we would like to educate Ms. Browning and others on the anti-immigrant and anti-woman nature of this legislation. What would this bill mean to you if it were passed? To the working poor in our communities. To the non-working poor. To immigrants and victims of crimes. Please share your stories with us and sign this petition in opposition to this bill so we may share them with our local elected officials.
For more information on I.R. 1266, or to share your story, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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