2024 Bills

SB 231: Enhancing Privacy Against Government Surveillance

This bill passed the Senate committee unanimously and is pending House action. Review our tracker for more information.

Libertas Institute supports this bill

Staff review of this legislation finds that it aligns with our principles and should therefore be passed into law.

With the pace of technological innovation, concerns about privacy in the face of government
surveillance have heightened. SB 231, introduced by Senator Daniel McCay, aims to curtail
unwarranted surveillance by government entities, addressing a critical privacy concern.
SB 231 accomplishes two significant objectives:

Firstly, it sets clear definitions and restrictions, prohibiting government entities from gathering
certain types of surveillance information without a warrant, safeguarding citizens; privacy rights.

Secondly, it provides sensible exemptions and technical adjustments to ensure that the law keeps pace with technological advancements while respecting individual liberties.

By establishing more stringent criteria for government surveillance, SB 231 seeks to protect
Utahns from invasive monitoring, fostering a society where privacy is respected. This move
towards enhancing privacy safeguards represents a step in ensuring that technological
advancements do not come at the expense of fundamental rights.