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Senate unanimously passes drone bill

By Zoie Richey TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would criminalize the inappropriate use of drones passed the Senate unanimously Tuesday. Senate Bill 299 establishes four new Class A misdemeanors for misusing drone technology. Author of the bill, Sen. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, said misuse of a drone covers: a sex offender operating a drone to […]

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Potential new penalties for criminal misuse of drones

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers are working to develop specific  language in a bill that would create penalties for Hoosiers who fly drones and knowingly violate a person’s “reasonable expectation of privacy.” “What is a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy?” Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, asked. “To one person their privacy means one thing, […]

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Political robocalls banned in Indiana

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — As the final weeks of the election season approach, Hoosiers can expect to see more political ads, direct mailers and yard signs. The one campaigning tactic you shouldn’t see a huge spike in is robocalls. “In Indiana, our Legislature has adopted one of the strictest laws that strictly prohibits the use […]

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30 Laws: Hoosiers will get more privacy protection under new laws

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Police will soon have to get a warrant when attempting to access an individual’s cell phone or when obtaining information using a drone. House Bills 1009 and 1394 – which take effect July 1 – are meant to protect Hoosier privacy and establish limits on what law enforcement officials […]

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Senate passes mobile phone privacy bill

By Allie Nash TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS- The Senate passed a bill that would require a warrant before police could download information from cell phones. Senate Bill 64 is authored by Sen. Brent Waltz, R-Greenwood, who said he is scared of technology that can help police easily obtain personal information. They can do so with devices including […]

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Hoosiers’ privacy rights focus of bill headed to Senate

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill meant to extend Hoosiers’ privacy rights in a world of digital devices and electronic tracking passed the House 85-11 on Monday and now heads to the Indiana Senate. House Bill 1009 – authored by Rep. Eric Koch, R-Bedford – requires police to obtain a search warrant before […]

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Bills to protect electronic privacy fails in Senate committee

By Carley Campbell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that would protect Hoosiers’ privacy failed to emerge from a Senate committee Tuesday after the vote tied 5 to 5. Senate Bill 231, authored by Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, would have required a warrant for police to obtain electronic data even if it’s held by a company […]

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FSSA: Firm shared private information of 64 clients

By Sandie Love TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration announced Wednesday the results of a review of all documents that could have been part of a security breach the agency experienced last month. The breach resulted in the exposure of several clients’ information. After the breach, the FSSA notified more than […]

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More than 187,000 FSSA clients may have had personal details disclosed

By John Sittler TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – More than 187,000 Hoosiers who receive services from the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration may have had their personal information – including financial details – leaked to other clients, the agency announced Monday. As many as 4,000 of those clients may also have had their Social Security numbers […]

Commentary: It’s a little late to cry about your liberties

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Commentary: It’s a little late to cry about your liberties

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPoltics.Org I have to admit to being somewhat amused by the recent outrage and moaning and gnashing of teeth regarding the controversy surrounding the National Security Agency’s monitoring of Americans’ electronic communications, whether they be cell phone, internet or whatever the medium of the day just happens to be. Now while the […]

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