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East County News Service

October 13, 2015 (Sacramento)—In a win for privacy advocates, Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that prohibits law enforcement from accessing people’s private personal electronic data in most circumstances unless they first obtain a warrant or a court order.


The law specifically outlaws the warrantless use of stingray devices used by police in secret to track smart phone data including locations in real time.

Nicole Ortez with the American Civil Liberties Union in California praises the Governor for outlawing what she calls “warrantless government snooping in our digital information,” adding, “This is a landmark win for digital privacy and all Californians. We hope this is a model for the rest of the nation in protecting our digital privacy rights."

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