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Rep. Markey Releases Cellphone Privacy Proposal

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 13, 2012

Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) has released a discussion draft of legislation that would limit the number of requests by law enforcement for private cellphone data, The Hill reports. The Wireless Surveillance Act of 2012 would require law enforcement officials to provide regular request disclosures and to acquire warrants prior to using geolocation tracking as well as stipulate data retention limits on personal information held by carriers. The proposal comes after Markey’s inquiry of nine wireless providers earlier this year. “With searches and seizures now happening in cyberspace,” Markey said, “this legislation will update the Fourth Amendment for the 21st century.”
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