Government Data Collection & Dissemination Practices Act; collection & use of personal information. (SB236)

Introduced By

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Government Data Collection and Dissemination Practices Act; collection and use of personal information by law-enforcement agencies. Provides that, unless a criminal or administrative warrant has been issued, law-enforcement and regulatory agencies shall not use surveillance technology to collect or maintain personal information where such data is of unknown relevance and is not intended for prompt evaluation and potential use regarding suspected criminal activity or terrorism by any individual or organization. The bill authorizes law-enforcement agencies to collect information from license plate readers, provided that such information is held for no more than seven days and is not subject to any outside inquiries or internal usage, except in the investigation of a crime or a missing persons report. After seven days, such collected information must be purged from the system unless it is being utilized in an ongoing investigation. The bill also adds to the definition of "personal information," for the purposes of government data collection and dissemination practices, vehicle license plate numbers and information that affords a basis for inferring an individual's presence at any place. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102870D
01/06/2016Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/28/2016Assigned GL&T sub: #2
02/08/2016Continued to 2017 in General Laws and Technology (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
12/02/2016Left in General Laws and Technology

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB924.