If You Don’t Want the Government to Spy on You, Move to Montana

… HB 603 passed without much fanfare in the spring. At the time, the law might have seemed extraneous, or even paranoid. But knowing what we know now, the law seems prophetic (not unlike the way Shia LaBeouf warned us about spying back in 2008) and is getting some new-found attention. The law is pretty straightforward—the government can’t spy on Montanans through their electronic devices unless they obtain a warrant …

And “electronic device” is meant to encompass laptops, cell phones and tablets …

That effectively makes Montana the first state in the country’s history to pass an electronic privacy law that protects you from the government. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Daniel Zolnikov, and Montana’s lawmakers outpaced all the states in the country when it comes to privacy—Texas signed an email privacy bill into law last month, and Massachusetts and a handful of other states are considering their own privacy laws when it comes to electronic surveillance and wiretapping.

Of course, the question now is, how do you enforce that? Still, it’s a good symbolic move. Via If You Don’t Want the Government to Spy on You, Move to Montana – Alexander Abad-Santos – The Atlantic Wire.

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