Bill Would Stop Police From Downloading Info From Phones

Posted On February 04, 2014

By Katlyn Reece

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – State Representative Randy Frye coauthored a bill preventing law enforcement officers from downloading information from the cellphone of a person they detained.

House Bill 1384 passed the House last week by a vote of 87-3.

The bill provides that if a law enforcement officer detains someone the officer cannot download information from the person’s cellphone without the owner’s permission. Law Enforcement officers would only be allowed to do so if they have probable cause to believe the cellphone has been used in the commission of a crime, the information is downloaded under a valid search warrant, or otherwise authorized by law.

“This bill comes at a time when it would be too easy for police to unnecessarily invade our privacy for the sake of an investigation,” said Frye. “This legislation makes a distinction between reasonable and unreasonable search and seizure.”

The bill will now be considered by the Senate.