Bills to protect Mainers' privacy outlined

ACLU, lawmakers, outline bills to protect Mainers' privacy with emerging technologies

Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- A package of bills to protect Mainers' privacy amid the telecommunications boom is being outlined in the State House.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine and lawmakers told a news conference on Thursday that with Internet use almost unavoidable, people's personal information is more vulnerable than ever to ending up in the wrong hands.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is presenting several bills aimed at protecting that private information.

Two of the bills require warrants before police can engage in cell phone tracking or before obtaining text messaging content.

Another bill would require law enforcement to get a warrant before using domestic drones to spy on people.

A bill would bar schools and employers from accessing passwords to private accounts of students or employees.

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