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Senate Democratic Leader unsettled by unregulated use of cellphone tracking
Start Date: 12/19/2013 All Day
End Date: 12/19/2013
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INDIANAPOLIS- Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) called upon the Indiana Senate to take up an immediate course of action after it was revealed that the Indiana State Police (ISP) initiated the use of cellphone data tracking systems in January.

In a letter sent to Senate President Pro-Tempore David Long, Sen. Lanane requests legislative consideration in order to make sure the use of such tracking systems does not violate the privacy rights of Indiana citizens, and to otherwise investigate the necessity of protocols for using such devices.

Although he noted Governor Pence’s recent statement approving the use of tracking systems as long as they are overseen by judges, Sen. Lanane voiced concern that these practices should have the sanction of the legislature before being deployed by ISP.

“Considering both the advancements of technological eavesdropping capabilities and the sanctity of citizens’ rights to privacy, the scrutiny of the General Assembly should occur to determine when, if ever, such systems are appropriate,” Sen. Lanane said.

Although not having seen the exact language yet, Sen. Lanane noted that legislative proposals have been filed to review the use of the tracking systems, and he publicly urged full consideration of these proposals by the legislature. 

“We need to explore the efficiencies of this tracking technology in battling illegal activity and terrorism while also considering the constitutional right of our citizens against unreasonable search and seizure,” said Sen. Lanane.

Sen. Lanane also voiced concern that Governor Pence’s statements did not go so far as to require showing probable cause before a judge in order to conduct tracking activity, as is generally required for searches by the government. 

“Exactly when and how the state should ever be authorized to intrude in this manner is exactly the kind of deliberation by the Indiana General Assembly which needs to occur before these practices are adopted,” Sen. Lanane noted.  

Sen. Lanane noted that he looks forward to reviewing legislation offered by his Senate colleagues and hopes to, in the end, come to a reasonable solution.

Sen. Lanane represents Indiana Senate District 25 includes the portions of Madison and Delaware counties, including the City of Muncie and the southeastern portion of the City of Anderson. For more information on Sen. Lanane, his legislative agenda or other State Senate business call 1-800-382-9467 or visit www.IN.gov/S25 .

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NOTE: A copy of the letter sent by Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane is available for download here: http://www.in.gov/legislative/senate_democrats/files/Cellphone%20data%20tracking%20letter.pdf

Contact Information:
Name: Elise Shrock
Phone: 317-232-9496
Email: eshrock@iga.in.gov
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