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Panel debates privacy bills, such as drone curbs

March 11, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota laws related to criminal surveillance could be in for a major updating.

On divided voice votes Tuesday, the House Public Safety Committee advanced a pair of bills that impose a higher standard on law enforcement to collect data from cell phones and other electronic location devices. Later, the panel will consider curbs on aerial devices known as drones.

Those pushing the measures say Minnesota's laws haven't kept up with technology. They argue it is too easy for police to track whereabouts and stricter privacy controls are needed. Police groups warn that going too far could hinder their efforts to combat crime or tip off targets of sensitive investigations.

The privacy issues have cut across party lines and could be among the hotter topics of the short legislative session.



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