WASHINGTON, D.C., – A bipartisan group of senators is working together in Washington, D.C., in attempts to protect digital privacy.
“As an American I appreciate my privacy,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont.
Leahy is pushing legislation he said protects Americans from any intrusive data collection by law enforcement.
“This bill updates existing law in place since the Reagan administration. Long before cell phones had GPS trackers. And emails were housed in servers,” Leahy said.
“If you’re using your iPhone, if you’re traveling somewhere using your GPS, you ought to be assured of your privacy. You shouldn’t have the government or anybody else snoop on what you’re doing,” Leahy said.
For years Leahy and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, have been working on the legislation. It’s called the Electronic Communication Modernization Protection Act.
It forces law enforcement to obtain warrants supported by probable cause evidence before collecting something like content or location data. Right now he says current laws don’t have strong enough privacy protections.
“Some in law enforcement would love to just come in and go snooping everywhere. That’s wrong,” Leahy said.
A similar bill has already passed in the House of Representatives.