Cellular telephone or other electronic devices; warrant required for search. (HB1897)

Introduced By

Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

Description

Search of electronic device without warrant prohibited. Provides that no officer of the law or any other person shall search any cellular telephone, tablet computer, portable computer, desktop computer, or other electronic device containing or designed to contain electronic data or digital information except by virtue of and under a warrant issued by a proper officer. Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

  • 01/08/2013 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103486D
  • 01/08/2013 Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
  • 01/17/2013 Assigned Courts sub: #1 Criminal
  • 01/21/2013 Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
  • 02/05/2013 Left in Courts of Justice

Comments

ACLU-VA Privacy Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that requires law enforcement officers to obtain a warrant based upon probable cause before tracking an individual through an electronic device.

ACLU-VA Criminal Justice, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports this legislation that prohibits the search of an electronic device by the police without a warrant.