This Privacy Bill Could Stop Warrantless Searches of Cloud Data

A privacy bill introduced by Utah lawmaker Rep. Craig Hall could bar warrantless searches of data uploaded to apps and cloud platforms (via The Salt Lake Tribune).

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H.B. 57 Electronic Information or Data Privacy

The bill will require police to get a warrant before accessing electronic data shared with third parties like apps and cloud services. Utah law enforcement is concerned that their ability to catch criminals would be impeded by H.B. 57.

I want to make clear that the protections that we now have in the paper world are also in place for the electronic world.

Representative Craig Hall, R-West Valley City

Yesterday a judicial committee voted to hold its decision for further discussion, although several members supported the bill in concept.

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