wermske writes: "
Ars Technica and
ZDNet report the Location Privacy Act of 2012 (SB-1434) was passed by the California
on Wednesday. The California Location Privacy Act co-sponsored by the
ACLU of California and the
Electronic Frontier Foundation updates California privacy law to reflect the
modern mobile world by providing needed protection against warrantless government
access to a person’s location information.
Recent reports indicate that cell phone tracking is routine and few agencies
obtain warrants for such surveillance.
The need for this protection resurfaced last week when warrantless GPS tracking
resurfaced in the national news — a federal appeals court
ruled that law enforcement is allowed to track the GPS signal coming from a
suspect's prepaid phone without a warrant. The scope of the Location Privacy Act
would include gathering GPS or other location-tracking data from cell phones, tablets,
computers, automobiles, etc. The next stop is the governor's desk; however,
there is concern that Governor Jerry Brown may not sign this act into law.
In 2011, Gov. Brown, vetoed an attempt at enforcing stricter privacy rules."