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Utah Warrant Bill Raises Stakes For Cops' Digital Data Grabs

Law360 (April 23, 2019, 9:30 PM EDT) -- A new Utah law that forces police to obtain a warrant before they can gain access to any person's electronic data could have implications far beyond law enforcement, including for how employers and big tech companies respond to police demands for data.

House Bill 57 was signed into law late last month and is set to go into effect in May. The law goes against the third-party doctrine, a 1970s-era legal principle that states people who voluntarily give their personal information to banks, phone companies or internet service providers can't reasonably expect that information to stay private.

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