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Bill Would Require Police To Obtain Warrants For E-mail, Location Data

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 26, 2012

CNET News reports on a bill that would require police to acquire warrants before accessing U.S. citizens’ e-mail or tracking their cell phones. Introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) yesterday, the bill would require a search warrant for law enforcement access to cloud data or location information, the report states. The bill is backed by Digital Due Process, which comprises companies including Amazon.com, Apple, Google, Twitter and Microsoft. It’s anticipated that the U.S. Justice Department will combat the effort; it has previously warned that such protocols would hinder “the government’s ability to obtain important information in investigations of serious crimes,” the report states.
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