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Protection of electronic data from search could be on November ballot PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marianne Goodland   

Voters in November could be asked by the General Assembly whether to protect electronic data from unreasonable search and seizure, under a measure introduced in the past week at the State Capitol.

The measure, Senate Concurrent Resolution 14-002, is sponsored by perhaps the most unlikely pairing of senators: Sens. Greg Brophy (R-Wray) and Senate President Morgan Carroll (D-Aurora). In the House, Rep. Dan Nordberg (R-Colorado Springs) is its sponsor.

The measure would amend the state constitution to add electronic data to “persons and papers” that are not subject to unreasonable search and seizure.

SCR 2 is in part a response to reports in the past year that the National Security Agency had conducted surveillance on private citizens, both in the United States and abroad. At least one other state, Missouri, has already passed a measure identical to the one proposed for Colorado, and several other state legislatures are considering a variety of measures to protect cell phone and other data records.

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Holyoke Enterprise April 24, 2014