Virginia Bill Would Restrict Police Access to Cellphone Location Data, Help Thwart Federal Surveillance Program

RICHMOND, Va. (Jan. 17, 2018) – A Virginia bill would end warrantless collection of a person’s historical location data. The legislation would not only increase privacy protections in the state, it would also hinder some federal surveillance programs.

Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond) introduced House Bill 604 (HB604) on Jan. 8. The legislation would prohibit a provider of electronic communication services or remote computing services from disclosing location data to an investigative or law-enforcement officer except pursuant to a search warrant.

HB604 builds on a foundation created by the passage of earlier surveillance legislation. Currently, a warrant is required for the disclosure of real-time location data only. HB604 would expand the law to cover historical location data.


Federal agencies tap into the information gathered by state and local law enforcement through “fusion centers” and a federal program known as the Information Sharing Environment (ISE).

According to its website, the ISE “provides analysts, operators, and investigators with information needed to enhance national security. These analysts, operators, and investigators… have mission needs to collaborate and share information with each other and with private sector partners and our foreign allies.”

In other words, ISE …

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