Indiana bills seek to shelter digital privacy

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers fed up with the National Security Agency scandal and other government snooping are pushing bills that would ban high-tech searches of cellphones, computer tablets and other digital devices without a warrant.

Two bills that would protect Hoosiers from illegal electronic eavesdropping remain alive at the Statehouse. Another bill that would have made warrantless digital searches a felony died in a Senate committee.

A bill sponsored by Rep. Eric Koch of Bedford covers a wide range of digital devices, ranging from email to police drones.

Sen. Brent Waltz of Greenwood has proposed prohibiting police from extracting data from motorists’ cellphones without a warrant or probable cause. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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