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?