The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee reported legislation that makes changes to how law enforcement can conduct certain searches. The package of bills makes several reforms, including:
- Requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant to search the premises of a person who had objected to a search, even if another person who occupies the space consents to a warrantless search when the person in question is not physically present.
- Requires law enforcement to obtain a warrant to access a person’s digital information or data that is stored electronically, on a phone, or in the so-called cloud, with limited exceptions.
- Prohibits law enforcement from obtaining, accessing, or using real-time facial recognition technology or any information obtained from the use of real-time facial recognition technology to enforce the law, with some exceptions in exigent circumstances.
The legislation has been referred to the Senate floor for consideration.
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