Target: California Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Applaud the new law that will require officials to get a warrant to access private electronic data on cell phones.
Thanks in part to petitions like ForceChange’s End Warrantless Cellphone Tracking, governments have been taking notice and now California governor Jerry Brown has signed a privacy bill into law that will require California authorities to obtain a warrant before accessing private electronic data, such as emails, text messages, or the GPS location emitted by cell phones.
The law will also require that investigators obtain a search warrant before deploying the cell-site simulators Stingrays, which are a secret tool law enforcement uses to manipulate cell phones into revealing their location. The tool has been controversial in the recent debate around police reform.
Activists say this is a major win towards protecting digital privacy during a time when mass surveillance has been a major concern for American citizens.
Applaud this step towards a more just system that protects digital privacy.
Dear Governor Brown,
The use of secretive Stringray tools as well as officials accessing private cell phone data without a warrant have both been controversial issues lately that American citizens have expressed their concern for.
Because of this, I am glad to hear that you have signed a bill into law that would not only require California authorities to obtain a warrant before accessing private electronic data, such as emails, text messages, or the GPS location emitted by cell phones, but would also require they obtain a search warrant before using the secretive Stingray tools.
This law is necessary in order to protect the digital privacy of citizens, and I applaud you for making it happen.
[Your Name Here]
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