Fresno, California, UNITED STATES, June 5, 2015:
Proposed new state laws would build new hurdles for police agencies investigating murder, big drug sales and child sex crimes. e state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would require law enforcement in California to obtain a search warrant or wiretap order before searching a person’s smartphone, laptop or other electronic device or accessing information stored on remote servers.The bill, by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), also would protect locational information stored on smartphones and other devices unless police officers show probable cause to a judge.
Legal analyst Jeff Hammerschmidt studys police use of technology. He supports the legislation. “Law enforcement won’t be able to drive by your vehicle and get information from your cellphone, get photos from your cellphone, get emails from your cellphone, get banking information from your cellphone,” said Hammerschmidt. “They would be required to get a warrant to get that type of information.”
Hammerschmidt says police use of that type of technology is expanding. In fact, in response to a public records request, sheriff’s deputies in San Bernardino County admitted using Stingrays more than 300 times without a warrant in the last year and a half.
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