Banning warrantless data, Utah Governor signs privacy bill into law

SALT LAKE CITY, April 2, 2014 – On Monday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a bill which thwarts some of the effects of the growing surveillance state.

HB0128, which previously passed the state senate by a vote of 28-0 and the house by a vote of 71-2, makes any electronic data obtained by law enforcement without a warrant inadmissible in a criminal proceeding.

This includes data gathered by the NSA and shared through the super secret Special Operations Division (SOD) or fusion centers. The new law also stops Utah law enforcement from obtaining phone location data without a warrant. It reads, in part:

Except as provided in Subsection (1)(c), a government entity may not use, copy, or disclose, for any purpose, the location information, stored data, or transmitted data of an electronic device that is not the subject of the warrant that is collected as part of an effort to obtain the location information, stored data, or transmitted data of the electronic device that is the subject of the warrant in Subsection (1)(a).

Utah based Libertas Institute president Connor Boyack said the bill will codify important privacy protections into law.



11 Comments on HB0128

  1. Sounds good, but you have to always watch the pea when in a shell game.

    Except as provided in Subsection (1)(c)

    Anybody know what’s in that particular “Get Out of Jail Free” card?

  2. This is pretty funny considering that Utah is hosting the massive new NSA complex to spy on everybody.

  3. What’s funny is that the pic used is Monument Valley…ARIZONA.

    Utah’s O.K. I guess. Kinda’ hard to get drunk and/or laid there…but whatever. Good luck to them regarding whatever issue this article was going on about.

    Just go easy on the panoramic theft.

    fuggin’ cultists…

  4. Utah don’t look like that Oakford. That’s Arizona. Hell, the more I think about it the madder I get about that pic.

    You realize how many horses you have to shoot until one goes into full rigor mortis like that?

  5. I wonder if Federal law enforcement from the NSA using data collected from Utah will be treated with the same “we won’t prosecute” attitude as Federal law enforcement from the DEA using marijuana usage in Colorado, just over the state line.

  6. A better move, would be to ban that million square foot data collection center the NSA is building in UT.

    Gasoline and matches tell no tales…


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