Mali Friedman writes:
Continuing a flurry of recent legislative activity (see posts here and here), the California legislature on Tuesday passed a bill requiring that California law enforcement agencies obtain a search warrant to compel the production of communications content (e.g., emails and social media messages) from providers of electronic communication services. A service provider may provide stored content to law enforcement without a search warrant if the service provider, in good faith, believes that an emergency involving the danger of death or serious physical injury to a person require disclosure without delay. The bill—S.B. 467—was introduced by Senator Mark Leno and is sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and supported by the ACLU of California. It will be enacted into law and become effective immediately if approved by Governor Jerry Brown.
Read more on InsidePrivacy. I keep checking the governor’s site each day, but so far, there’s no report that he’s signed the bill.