Lawmakers Aim to Update State Constitution For Data Privacy
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A coalition of Minnesota lawmakers, political groups and privacy advocates and say Minnesotans' digital data should be treated the same as any other property.
A new bill seeks to amend the state's constitution to protect electronic communications and data from unlawful search and seizure. If passed, voters would be asked to approve that change on the 2016 ballot.
An unusual array of groups gathered in St. Paul Monday to voice support for the bill. Backers range from Occupy Minnesota to the Minnesota Tea Party Alliance. They say the change would give residents greater protection from government seizing their data.
Rep. Peggy Scott is leading the push in the House. The Andover Republican says the Fourth Amendment needs an update for the 21st Century.