Securing America: Electronic Privacy

Online Privacy

Should there be restrictions on the Government's ability to spy on law-abiding U.S. citizens?

FOX's Dan Springer reports on one state that took the lead; putting regulations in place as part of our ongoing series on national security:

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Montana was the first; passing an electronic privacy law months before anyone had heard of NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The law requires government to get a search warrant before accessing residents communications on their laptops, tablets and cell phones. Texas, California and Maine have since passed similar bills. Hanni Fakhoury is with the Electronic Frontier Foundation which has sued the Federal government over its bulk collection of phone records.

Hanni Fakhoury: "States are starting to take the matters into their own hands in passing privacy protection as a matter of state law and hopefully that'll spur the Federal government to get in on the act as well."

In Bozeman, Montana, Dan Springer, FOX News Radio.

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Editor's Note: On Wednesday evening, the House rejected the effort to curtail domestic spying efforts. This was the amendment offered by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) to the defense spending bill. The vote was 217 to 205 to defeat the amendment.  The amendment would have cut money for the NSA, curtailing its efforts to have "blanket" authority to siphon up various electronic communications.