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Last year, the ACLU of Maine fought hard to make certain that Maine's statewide health information exchange (HealthInfoNet) took steps to protect patient privacy.

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Need one reason to support the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act
The ACLU has nearly two hundred and counting. 

That's the rough number of law enforcement agencies across the country that acknowledge they are tracking cell phones.  We know this from coordinated public record requests of 383 law enforcement agencies on cell phone location tracking.  Of the 200 agencies that responded, only 10 do not track cell phones. 

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The campaign for marriage equality is officially off and running as Mainers United for Marriage.  There's a ton of work to done between now and November 6th but you can start by going to www.mainersunited.org and making a vow to advocate for marriage equality. 

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As Jon Gaither wrote about in his blog yesterday, the ACLU is celebrating “40 Years of Title IX” this week with a blog series that will explore the importance of this groundbreaking statute on the American education system, while at the same time underscoring just how far we still have left to go.

This is today's entry from Tiseme Zegeye of the ACLU Women's Rights Project:
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If you are not concerned about Women's Rights, then you are not paying attention.

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We were relieved in January when the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted unanimously against LD 1095, a bill designed to facilitate the creation and use of private prisons in Maine.  Of course, as we like to say, no civil liberties victory ever stays won.  Last month, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) sent letters to Governors across America offering to buy up their prisons as a remedy for "challenging corrections budgets." 

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Reading about drones, lately?  It might not be long before we are actually seeing them.

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Kathleen Maxian has advanced-stage ovarian cancer that could have been prevented. When Myriad Genetics patented the two genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer they put Kathleen and thousands like her at risk.
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Today's Bangor Daily News features an article on the first Maine inmate to come back from an out-of-state prison since a new policy was put in place last May.

Maine Department of Corrections Commissioner Joseph Ponte deserves credit for following through on his promise to establish clear guidelines for when a prisoner can be moved out of state and criteria on which they can return.

According to the Bangor Daily News:
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This morning Laura Murphy, Director of our Washington Legislative Office appeared on NBC’s Today to discuss the recent controversy surrounding the Obama administration’s announcement that it would keep in place a proposed rule that ensures that new insurance plans include coverage of contraception.

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