June 08, 2021

Correa, Herrera Beutler Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Americans’ Privacy

Bipartisan No Trace Act would require government agencies to obtain warrants before accessing citizens’ personal data

Washington, DC — Today, Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA-46) joined Congresswomen Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA-03), Victoria Spartz (R-IN-05), and Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA-05) to introduce the No Trace Act, bipartisan legislation that would prevent government agencies from accessing an American’s geolocation information without first obtaining a warrant.

Recent reports (here, here, and here) have revealed federal agencies have been purchasing American’s geolocation data to pinpoint their mobile device locations, and doing so without first obtaining a warrant.

"As technology improves, so must our laws. The "No Trace Act" protects Americans' 4th Amendment rights by updating our laws to ensure federal law enforcement agencies secure the correct warrants when trying to access someone's location from an app or personal device. This is a critical improvement to our laws that protects the privacy and security of individuals. I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing this commonsense and bipartisan legislation,” Rep. Lou Correa said.

“The Constitution’s 4th Amendment enshrines American’s right to privacy, and with rapid advances in technology over the years, we should update our laws accordingly to make sure government continues to act lawfully. I’m introducing the bipartisan No Trace Act in Congress to stop federal agencies from accessing law-abiding Americans’ sensitive information, like geolocation data from a phone or an app, without first obtaining a warrant. I take seriously my duty as the people’s representative to the federal government, which means ensuring government’s priority is to always serve and protect citizens,” Herrera Beutler said.

“I'm proud to join my colleagues in leading this effort to protect Americans' constitutional right to privacy. Given the ever-changing nature of technology, Congress must ensure that our laws are updated to prevent sensitive information like geolocation data from being shared with law enforcement agencies without due process. I look forward to working with the No Trace Act's bipartisan co-leads to advance this important legislation,” Scanlon said.

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Rep. Lou Correa represents California's 46th Congressional District. He serves as Chair of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Management, and Accountability, and is a Member of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Agriculture Committee. Read more here.