Finally, A Bill Requires Police Get A Judge’s Approval Before They Can See Your Texts Or Location

By Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic:

A month ago, we learned that more (and maybe many, many more) than 1.3 million people’s cell phone data were handed over to US law enforcement agencies in 2011 alone. Text messages, caller locations, and records of who called whom and for how long had all been shared without a judges’ approval — because, according to current law, no approval is needed.

Last week, the Congressman who helped reveal how rampant and unregulated that sharing is introduced legislation to start restraining it. Called the “Wireless Surveillance Act of 2012,” the new bill, in the words of its Massachusetts’s Edward Markey, attempts to “update the 4th amendment for the 21st century.”

The discussion draft of the Surveillance Act, according to Markey, would immediately… Read more

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