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Everything you need to know about California's new Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Everything you need to know about California's new Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act on Friday in what the American Civil Liberties Union described as a “landmark victory” for digital privacy.

Here’s a quick primer on what it’s about and how it might affect you.

1. What is the Electronic Communications Privacy Act?

A new law that bars any state law enforcement agency from getting its hands on any user data without first obtaining a warrant from a judge. This includes private user data stored online, emails, digital documents, text messages and location information.

2. Does it go by any other names?

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