Rep. Ryan Wilcox (R)


HB 57 (Restrictions on Geofence Surveillance by Law Enforcement)

Libertas Institute supports this bill.

This bill codifies warrant requirements for all stages of a geofence search. Additionally, the bill provides for a notification to judges explaining the mechanics of a geofence search on all warrant applications, and reporting requirements law enforcement must submit to the State Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.

Libertas supports this bill. This bill is a step in the right direction towards protecting individuals' digital privacy. By codifying warrant requirements, defendants are better able to challenge inappropriate acquisition of data by law enforcement. Additionally, providing judges with the specific information regarding the nature of geofence searches in warrant affidavits, and mandating reporting requirements are guardrails against abusive government action.


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