Last October 2015 California Governor Brown signed into the legislation Senate Bill No.178 which affects cell phone records, computer records and all other electronic data.
Now in effect, government authorities must obtain a warrant to search and obtain any access to the content on your electronic devices.
The warrant must also describe in particularity what it is they are looking to seize exactly, it can't be a general search of your electronic contents to find whatever it may be they need.. The text goes on to entail the prohibitions..
"This bill would prohibit a government entity from compelling the production of or access to electronic communication information or electronic device information, as defined, without a search warrant, wiretap order, order for electronic reader records, or subpoena issued pursuant under specified conditions, except for emergency situations, as defined. The bill would also specify the conditions under which a government entity may access electronic device information by means of physical interaction or electronic communication with the device, such as pursuant to a search warrant, wiretap order, or consent of the owner of the device. " read more on California's legislative website
Andria Elkhettab is a J.D. graduate of Pacific Coast University School of Law who has been employed in the California Workers' Compensation Field since 2008.
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