Government surveillance hot topic in Colorado

DENVER — Colorado lawmakers are pushing several bills this year to limit government surveillance. The proposals have gained momentum in the wake of revelations about federal collection of phone and email records.

One proposal would ask voters in November whether law enforcement should get warrants to search for electronic data. If voters agree, the requirement would be part of the state constitution.

Another measure would put into state law a U.S. Supreme Court decision that barred police from installing GPS technology to track suspects without getting a judge’s approval.

A proposal to ban red-light cameras is also being driven in part by privacy concerns. And a bill to limit how long agencies keep “passive surveillance” records such as video of traffic conditions has been signed into law.


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