Phone privacy bill in the works

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POSTED: Friday, March 8, 2013 - 7:23pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 8, 2013 - 7:27pm

Texas lawmakers are considering a bill that would require police and prosecutors to get a warrant before obtaining cell phone records for an investigation.

State Representative Bryan Hughes of Mineola filed the House Bill 1608 last month, and it is already making progress with his peers.

This new bill would not only require a warrant to search a cell phone's records, it would also lift any seals on orders for the data after 180 days.

 Representative Hughes tells KETK the main reason he thinks this bill is so important to our state is so that we maintain our privacy. Saying, "We want to make sure people are protected, folks who are suspected of crimes. If the police have probable cause the police can get a warrant as they should, and investigate those folks. But without a warrant, or without probable cause they shouldn't be able to. The Fourth Amendment says we're not suspects. There's a presumption of innocence, that's sort of what this is about. It's privacy."

For more information about this bill and how you can get involved please visit:  house.state.tx.us

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