Oregon Considers Digital Privacy Legislation Package for 2015

Legislators in Oregon are looking at introducing five bills that focus on digital privacy next year.

by / May 30, 2014

A handful of Oregon lawmakers may have a big impact on digital privacy rights in the state in 2015.

According to OregonLive.com, a legislative work group has united to potentially revive five digital privacy bills that died earlier this year in the state legislature. The measures united a bipartisan effort to address issues related to government surveillance.

Among the topics being consider are retention of images stored by automatic license plate readers, prohibition of location information from digital devices, a measure that would restrict service providers from handing over communications data, digital evidence restrictions in court and the establishment of a privacy oversight committee.

In a recent interim Senate General Government Committee meeting, lawmakers and special interest groups expressed their concerns over data privacy as technology enables easier observation of everyday lives.

"We shouldn't have to choose between new technology and privacy," Becky Straus, legislative director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, told OregonLive.com. "Our goal in today's hearing is to begin the conversation. We expect a great deal of follow-up."