Thursday, April 26, 2012

Wireless Industry Opposes CA Bill That Requires a Warrant To Disclose Personal Data To Law Enforcement

Source: Techdirt

A bill is being considered in California that would require mobile operators to require a warrant before disclosing personal information. The bill also requires some basic reporting requirements for the companies, having them say how often info has been disclosed. Basically, the law asks that the mobile operators respect the 4th Amendment when dealing with law enforcement.

A wireless industry association called the CTIA is claiming that the law would be "confusing" for mobile operators if passed.

"... the wireless industry opposes SB 1434 as it could create greater confusion for wireless providers when responding to legitimate law enforcement requests"

The crux of the "confusion" apparently is that the definitions in the bill are somewhat broader than what the industry says is standard, and they're afraid that this means "It could place providers in the position of requiring warrants for all law enforcement requests."

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