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Bill Would Protect Cell Phones, Email from ‘Unreasonable Search and Seizure’

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) - Should the government be able to peek at your emails? Or to track your phone call activity?

Missourians may get the chance to vote on those issues. A bill to add the Privacy Amendment to the Missouri Constitution is on the ballot in August.

The state could become the first in the nation to vote to protect electronic communications from “unreasonable search and seizure.”

“I think that the Snowden revelations have helped kind of validate the fears that people have had,” says State Rep. Paul Curtman.

He says he doesn’t think the founding fathers would’ve seen much difference between homes, papers and effectsand a text message.

This was a bi-partisan issue in the state legislature, Curtman says.

“My hope is that this bill passes by a large majority, and that it does send a message to the rest of the state and to the federal government that the people are concerned about the intrusiveness of government when it comes to electronic communications,” he says.

Curtman, a Marine Corps Veteran, says the government should have to get a warrant to look at Facebook posts or text messages, just as they do to search homes or mail.

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