Michigan voters to decide on data protections in November election

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Published: Jun. 25, 2020 at 7:49 PM EDT
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(6/25/2020) - A state constitutional amendment to designate electronic communication and data as personal property has made it onto the November ballot.

If passed, the amendment would put the same protections given to “person, houses, papers and possessions” that are in the state constitution and the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Law enforcement would require a warrant to access electronic data and communication.

Michigan is not the first state to try to legislate for reasonable cause and a search warrant to obtain electronic data. Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire and more have also tried.

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