"Government and law enforcement agencies should not be able to tap into your cell phone location or gain access to electronically stored data without a warrant approved by a judge," said Senator Beavers. "We cannot let technological advances sidestep the Fourth Amendment. This protection is a very important part of the checks and balances put into place by our forefathers to keep government from overstepping its boundaries."
Law enforcement made 1.1 million requests to wireless carriers for cellphone data information in 2012 according to a report delivered to
In addition, public records obtained by USA Today and Gannett reveal that about one in four law enforcement agencies in the U.S. have used "tower dumps." This is a surveillance tactic which covers multiple towers and wireless providers to give police a multitude of electronic data about a targeted cell phone user. The digital dragnets also capture information on other persons using wireless devices in the area who are not suspected of wrongdoing.
Beavers said her electronic privacy bill will be modeled after one passed in
"Citizens must be protected from unreasonable government surveillance," added Beavers. "This legislation is a big step forward in securing our Constitutional freedoms."
Senator Beavers represents
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