Florida state senator Jeff Brandes, the libertarian leaning republican from St. Petersburg has filed SB 1256-Search of the Content, Information, and Communications of Cellular Phones, Portable Electronic Communication Devices, and Microphone-enabled Household Devices to protect your privacy regarding these devices. The bill includes Google Home devices and Amazon’s Echo voice system.
The bill would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant from a judge to access your communications and location data information.
“Search of the Content, Information, and Communications of Cellular Phones, Portable Electronic Communication Devices, and Microphone-enabled Household Devices; Authorizing the obtaining in criminal cases of the contents of electronic communications only by court order or by search warrant, as provided in ch. 934, F.S., unless otherwise required by law; requiring that each application for a warrant, rather than an order, authorizing or approving the interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications be made in writing and state the applicant’s authority; providing criminal penalties for the intentional and unlawful access without authorization of certain devices and obtainment of wire, oral, or electronic communications stored within those devices, etc.”
Senator Brandes has been on the leading edge of asset seizure reform and privacy protection since entering legislative service. This bill is a good start towards reducing and eliminating law enforcement abuse of citizen rights.
Currently there is no House companion bill filed.