Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Electronic Privacy: State of Play in the 84th #TXLEGE

"Deliver the poor and needy;
Free them from the hand of the wicked."
Psalm 82:4

Texas State Capitol -- The Texas Electronic privacy coalition, in conjunction with Texans for Accountable Government, held a legislative training tonight on legislation that would force police to obtain a warrant before obtaining cell phone geo-location data; Scott Henson of the Texas Criminal Justice coalition outlined the situation this session:

  • Technology has outpaced statute.
  • Last session, warrants for e-mail searches got passed.
    • First in the nation.
  • Overwhelming majority of abuses happen at the state and local level.
  • Politics of this bill are extremely favorable right now.
  • Praised elimination of 2/3rds rule.
  • Federal Law = Swiss Cheese.
  • Because it's a border state, Texas has a lot of the toughest cases.
  • More optimistic about the Texas Senate: "By a long shot."
  • "I'm hoping we successfully peel off the prosecutors."
Videos from the rest of the training here.

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