California Governor Signs Digital Privacy Bill Into Law
California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Electronic Communications Act (CECA), a law that many see as an important step forward for digital privacy and protecting users’ rights. The law, which was approved alongside more than ten other bills, makes it illegal for any state’s law enforcement agency or other investigative entity to request sensitive metadata from persons or businesses without a warrant.
The electronic information includes personal data such as emails, text messages and cloud documents and files. The law also orders that law enforcement must obtain a warrant to search or track mobile devices such as cell phones. Many experts have praised the CECA.