Electronic devices; search without warrant prohibited. (HB173)

Introduced By

Del. Peter Farrell (R-Henrico)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


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 »


Bill Has Failed


12/23/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100584D
12/23/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/10/2014Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
02/05/2014Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/12/2014Left in Courts of Justice


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

The ACLU of Virginia supports legislation that requires law enforcement agencies to obtain warrants before gathering individual data using new technologies.

Bob Lindsey writes:

HB-173, unamended, would prevent any officer at the scene of an accident from determining whether use of a cell phone was a factor in causing the accident, or otherwise finding evidence concerning the cause of the accident.