Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

January 27, 2014

Ind. bill would restrict electronic surveillance

The Associated Press

Indianapolis — An Indiana House committee has endorsed a proposal aimed at regulating police use of drones, GPS trackers and other electronic surveillance equipment.

The House Committee on Courts and Criminal Procedure voted 6-1 Monday to advance the bill to the full House.

The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Eric Koch of Bedford generally would require police to obtain search warrants or otherwise justify electronic surveillance methods, including unmanned aircraft.

The proposal would also restrict police's extracting of personal data from cellphones and the placement of cameras or other electronic surveillance equipment on private property.

Lawmakers said privacy rights had become a public concern following revelations that the National Security Agency had been routinely monitoring U.S. citizens' phone records and Internet use.