Pa. House Approves Bill To Extend Police Surveillance

Law360, New York (June 14, 2012, 7:57 PM EDT) -- The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Wednesday passed legislation to amend the state's Wiretap Act to ease restrictions on law enforcement's ability to intercept communications in criminal investigations, despite privacy concerns over this expanded surveillance.

House Bill 2400, which was sent to the Senate by a 145-52 vote, would allow the government to gather location data from cellphones by obtaining a court order for target-specific wiretaps and to intercept messages sent to a seized cellphone without court approval. It would also allow civilians to record private...
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