Assembly OKs Bill To Strengthen Digital Data Protections
On Tuesday, the California Assembly voted 55-11 to pass a bill (SB 178) that would require law enforcement agencies to obtain search warrants before accessing an individual's electronic communications, such as private emails and text messages. Supporters of the bill say such protections are needed the digital age to protect consumers from unreasonable government intrusion, while opponents say it could hamper law enforcement efforts to combat online crime. The bill now returns to the Senate.
- "California Assembly OKs Bill Requiring Warrants for Electronic Searches" (AP/CBS San Francisco, 9/8).