New California Laws Target Technology, Digital Privacy
Officers will need a court order before they are allowed to search for messages, photos and other digital data stored on phones or company servers in the state, under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The law goes into effect on Jan. 1.
Dave Maass, investigative researcher for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the law caters to today's digital world.
"Our digital privacy laws (at the federal level) were crafted in the 80s. Those laws don't really protect us in 2015," Maass told KPBS Midday Edition on Tuesday. "This law brings it all up-to-date."
Maass said the law essentially requires warrants to obtain certain information.