OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, has filed multiple pieces of legislation intended to strengthen 4th Amendment rights for Oklahoma citizens.
“As we continue to observe Bill of Rights Week, there are numerous provisions in the Bill of Rights that are being violated,” Dahm said. “Among those is the 4th Amendment right to be secure in your person, your home, and your effects.”
Senate Bill 38 would prohibit any government entity from obtaining and/or using metadata, stored/transmitted data, or location information without a court order or search warrant issued by a court upon probable cause.
SB 35 creates the Electronic Communication and Device Privacy Act. The act would prohibit government entities from obtaining electronic communication information without a warrant, court order, wiretap order, or other special circumstances outlined in the bill.
SJR1 would amend Article 2 Section 30 of the Oklahoma Constitution. This measure would add electronic data and communications to the list of items that require a warrant based on probable cause to search for or seize such items.
“Our phones and computers store incredible amounts of information about us,” Dahm said. “Our habits, our preferences, and even our location. This is very personal and private information that the government should not be able to obtain on a whim. In addition, no government entity should be able to compel you or your service provider to produce private communication without a warrant.”
SB 37 would prohibit law enforcement agencies from using an international mobile subscriber identity catcher (IMSI-catcher) or “Stingray” to spoof a cell tower in order to collect data from every cell phone in the area including real-time or historical electronic communications and location information without first obtaining a search warrant.
“Use of these devices without a warrant is unconstitutional,” Dahm said. “This legislation makes it clear that any evidence collected by a ‘Stingray’ without a warrant is inadmissible in court.”
SB 36 expands the Open Records Act to require law enforcement agencies to make publicly available any audio or video recordings taken via unmanned law enforcement vehicles or drones.
“With each technological advancement it becomes easier and easier for the government to track and surveil us,” Dahm said. “If we wish to stay free and not become a surveillance state like Communist China, we must ensure that the 4th Amendment does not get thrown to the wayside. These bills are an excellent step in that direction.”
For more information, contact: Sen. Nathan Dahm at 405-521-5551 or email Nathan.Dahm@oksenate.gov.