State senate passes bill requiring a warrant for police to get cell phone data

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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A bill has passed the Connecticut State Senate that would require police to get a warrant to gather certain information from cell phone providers.  The American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut has been pushing for the bill, saying the current law violates Fourth Amendment privacy rights.  The ACLU says existing laws have allowed police to track people’s cell phones more than 14,000 times, without evidence of a single situation where an information request has been denied.

Senate Bill 1092 would require police to get a warrant before they could access things like texts, Facebook messages, or geo-location data from cell phone providers.David McGuire, Legislative and Policy Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut, said, “Today’s vote is a win for privacy rights in Connecticut. We anticipate that this will lead to an added layer of protection for everyone’s texts, email messages, private Facebook posts and other personal information that is available on most of our cell phones.”

The bill passed the senate 29-5. It still needs approval from the House of Representatives.

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