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2:40 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Proposal to Restrict Electronic Surveillance by Police Advances in Indiana Legislature

An Indiana House committee has endorsed a proposal aimed at regulating police use of drones, GPS trackers and other electronic surveillance equipment.

The House Committee on Courts and Criminal Procedure voted 6-1 Monday to advance the bill to the full House.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Eric Koch generally would require police to obtain search warrants or otherwise justify electronic surveillance methods, including unmanned aircraft.

The proposal would also restrict the police extraction of personal data from cell phones and the placement of cameras or other electronic surveillance equipment on private property.

Lawmakers say privacy rights have become a public concern following revelations that the National Security Agency had been routinely monitoring U.S. citizens' phone records and Internet use.