Electronic Devices Privacy Act

While the Supreme Court and other courts have ruled on various aspects of the 4th Amendment’s warrant requirement related to accessing an individual’s personal electronic device, these rulings do not necessarily cover all situations.

In 2015, I introduced a bill that would have required government to get a warrant before accessing anyone’s personal electronic device, including: cell phones, computers, tablets, gaming systems, etc.

The bill passed the House but was tabled in a Senate committee in 2015. I was able to sponsor and pass the bill in 2017.

Bill highlights:

•Requires government to get a warrant in order to access personal electronic devices.
•Allows for disclosure of information based on voluntary consent and other judicially-recognized warrant exceptions.

The text of the bill can be found here.

The full page about the bill can be found here.