Legislators Consider New Whistleblower Protection Law
by Sammy Edmonds
posted Feb 26 2014 10:44AM
Indiana legislators are moving toward drawing a dividing line between police surveillance and privacy rights.
A Senate committee has unanimously followed the House in voting to put a stop to the use of electronic scanners that can download information from your cell phone. The bill would require police to get your consent or show probable cause before approving use of the scanners.
Steve Key with the Hoosier State Press Association says it‘s not a hypothetical problem. He says police recently used cell phone records from the “Muncie Star-Press” to identify a whistleblower.
State Representative Mike Speedy of Indianapolis...the bill‘s author...says the bill protects individual liberty without interfering with legitimate police investigations. He says it just makes clear the same principles which would apply to searching someone‘s paper files would apply to cell phone contacts and other electronic data.