COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Police would be allowed to collect limited cellphone data during emergencies under a controversial bill approved by an Ohio House committee.
The action was approved by the committee in Columbus on Tuesday — despite the concerns of civil liberties groups that authorities could abuse the law.
If passed by the Legislature, it would require cellphone carriers to provide data about a user’s location during an abduction or other emergency.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/17BUFpe ) reports that the committee — at the request of the American Civil Liberties Union and similar groups — added language making it clear that police would need a warrant to access the data in non-emergency situations.
Twelve other states already have a similar law.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com