SACRAMENTO – Senator Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, issued the following statement today in reaction the U.S. Supreme Court decision ending warrantless searches of cell phones by law enforcement agencies.
“Today’s unanimous, 9-0 decision is a landmark victory protecting the privacy of all Americans,” said Senator Leno. “Modern technology has allowed us to store a wealth of personal information in our smartphones, including correspondence, photographs, banking and medical records, and GPS data tracking a person’s whereabouts. If you keep these sensitive and extremely personal records in your desk at home, it could not be accessed by law enforcement without a warrant, but mobile phones have not been protected in the same manner. I am pleased our laws are finally catching up with technology when it comes to these critical privacy protections, and will introduce legislation next year to ensure that these new standards are clearly outlined in California law.”
Sen. Leno was the author of Senate Bill 914 (2011), which would have ensured that law enforcement agents in California first secure a warrant before accessing data on a person’s mobile phone following an arrest. The bill passed the Legislature with bipartisan support, but was vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown.