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Electronic privacy amendment headed to ballot


Michigan voters will decide in November whether to amend the state constitution to include electronic privacy protections.

The Bill of Rights’ Fourth Amendment and the Michigan Constitution include protections against unreasonable searches and government officials seizing property without a warrant.

       State Senator Bill Runested says it should be made clear that right also covers electronic communications and information stored on computers and in databases. 


“Placing these words in our state constitution ensures that our Fourth Amendment rights are protected.”

       The resolution to adopt the amendment was approved by unanimous votes in the House and the Senate, but it must now be approved by voters to become the 35th amendment to the 1963 state constitution.

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