California continues to be very progressive with their digital privacy laws. This interesting information came from WIRED in their article, “California Now Has the Nation’s Best Digital Privacy Law.”

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act bars any state law enforcement agency or other investigative entity from compelling a business to turn over any metadata or digital communications—including emails, texts, documents stored in the cloud—without a warrant. It also requires a warrant to track the location of electronic devices like mobile phones, or to search them.

The legislation passed the Legislature last month with ease and is the most comprehensive in the country. Five other states have warrant protection for content and nine others have warrant protection for GPS location tracking.

Melody K. Smith

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