Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

February 3, 2014

Privacy protection bill passed in Indiana House


The Associated Press

Indianapolis — A bill that would restrict law enforcement access to surveillance drones, GPS trackers and unwarranted cellphone searches has cleared the Indiana House.

The House voted 85-11 in favor of the bill Monday. The measure would prevent law enforcement from operating unmanned aircraft, requesting passwords for electronic data or using real-time tracking devices without first obtaining court orders.

The legislation comes amid growing concern over the National Security Agency's access to citizens' phone and Internet records.

Critics of the bill say its provisions could unnecessarily complicate police work.

The bill still would need approval from the state Senate and Gov. Mike Pence before becoming law.