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[R67] House passes bill prohibiting police downloading of cellphone information
Start Date: 2/4/2014Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/4/2014
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State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) has coauthored a piece of legislation to ensure privacy for Hoosiers. House Bill (HB) 1384 passed the House last week by a vote of 87-3. 

HB 1384 provides that if a law enforcement officer detains someone because they believe the person has committed an infraction or ordinance violation, the officer cannot extract or otherwise download any information from a cellular device possessed by the person at the time they are detained, without the owner's consent, unless there is probable cause to believe that the phone was used in a crime, the officer has a valid search warrant, or it has been otherwise authorized by law. 

“This bill comes at a time when it would be too easy for police to unnecessarily invade our privacy for the sake of an investigation,” said Rep. Frye. “It can be difficult to provide for public safety while also respecting individual liberties; however, this legislation makes a distinction between reasonable and unreasonable search and seizure. We need to make certain that when an officer is extracting the private information of Hoosiers, they have first obtained a valid search warrant or at least have probable cause.” 

The bill will now be considered by the Senate.

To learn more about HB 1384 and keep up-to-date on the bill’s status, please visit http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2014/bills/house/1384/

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Name: Courtney Scott
Phone: 317-234-9006
Email: Courtney.Scott@iga.in.gov
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