Maryland public transit practices are sparking blowback from lawmakers, the transit union and shocked citizens for recording private conversations of passengers.

Lawmakers on Maryland’s Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee unanimously passed a bill this year that would block audio surveillance on public transit such as buses and trains. The bill was previously shot down four times in four years, reports The Washington Post.

The Maryland Senate proposed amendments to the bill, sponsored by Sen. Robert A. Zirkin, chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, Tuesday — further discussion on the measure was pushed to another session.

“What the Maryland Transit Administration is doing is a mass surveillance,” Zirkin said at a hearing on the bill. “I find it outrageous. I don’t want to overstate it, but this is the issue of our generation. As technology advances, it becomes easier and easier to encroach on people’s civil liberties.”

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