January 10, 2014
A bipartisan team of California lawmakers is pushing a bill through California’s legislature that would prevent any state-related entity from disclosing information on citizens to federal agents without a warrant. State Senators Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) introduced Senate Bill 828, also called the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, on Monday.
Specifically, the bill would prohibit “an employee of the state… a corporation… or a political subdivision of the state from materially supporting or assisting, as specified, a federal agency or federal agent in collecting electronic data or metadata of any person pursuant to any action not based on a warrant that particularly describes the person, place and thing to be searched or seized.”
In a release, Lieu cited constitutional concern over the National Security Agency’s data-mining practices as cause for the bill.
“The National Security Agency’s massive level of spying and indiscriminate collecting of phone and electronic data on all Americans, including more than 38 million Californians, is a direct threat to our liberty and freedom”