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Montana Protects Your Privacy from NSA

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Every time you use your cell phone, iPad, or even your laptop, all that data is being collected…  you may not even know. Daniel Zolnikov, a state representative from Billings wanted to change that. So, he wrote a law stating you would have to give consent for anyone to collect your personal information.

"The one that we passed was HB 603. It requires search warrants to get cell phone information," says Zolnikov.

House Bill 603 requires a search warrant for the collection of location data from citizens' electronic devices.  Sponsored by Zolnikov, it passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the last legislative session. This law signed in May effectively made Montana the first state to protect its citizens' electronic privacy.

Like every law, there are exceptions. The government can track the location services on your phone if you report it stolen, to respond to emergency services - if you say the government can track your phone, or if there is an immediate life threatening situation.

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