Lucido: Committee approves several privacy-related bills

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee on Thursday approved several bills that would help protect the privacy rights of individuals.

Three of the measures were sponsored by Sen. Peter J. Lucido, who chairs the committee.

“More and more, an individual’s private information and electronic data are under assault by those who would wish to do them harm, whether to steal an identity, defraud them of money, or share personal and/or private information publicly,” said Lucido, R-Shelby Township. “These acts unfortunately extend beyond high-tech criminals, as law enforcement is also abusing its power to gain unauthorized access to this information to use against individuals. My bills would ensure that before law enforcement can access this information, they must first obtain a proper warrant.”

Senate Bill 114 would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant to search the premises of a person who had objected to a search, even if another person who occupies the space consents to a warrantless search when the person in question is not physically present.

Senate Bill 341 would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant to access a person’s digital information or data that is stored electronically, on a phone or in the so-called cloud, with limited exceptions.

Senate Bill 342 would prohibit law enforcement from obtaining, accessing or using real-time facial recognition technology or any information obtained from the use of real-time facial recognition technology to enforce the law, with some exceptions in exigent circumstances.

Additionally, the committee approved SBs 70-76, which would create an address confidentiality program to help protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking from their attackers. Under the plan, victims would be able to obtain a confidential address for official documents, mail correspondence and other uses to help protect them from their past offenders.

The legislation now advances to the floor of the Senate for consideration.

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