California Now Has the Nation’s Best Digital Privacy Law

California continued its long-standing tradition for forward-thinking privacy laws today when Governor Jerry Brown signed a sweeping law protecting digital privacy rights.

The landmark Electronic Communications Privacy Act bars any state law enforcement agency or other investigative entity from compelling a business to turn over any metadata or digital communications—including emails, texts, documents stored in the cloud—without a warrant. It also requires a warrant to track the location of electronic devices like mobile phones, or to search them.

Unfortunately, state laws can only limit the actions of the state’s citizens and state agencies; it has no impact on federal agencies.

Details may be found in an article by Josh Valcarcel in Wired at http://goo.gl/1dI5X5.

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