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Proposed bill requires search warrant for digital files

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SACRAMENTO- A new bill introduced by California lawmakers would change the way police access digital information during an investigation.

The bill would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a search warrant to search digital files like emails or documents saved to a cloud server. The bill is sponsored by the ACLU of Northern California. The organization says it is necessary to modernize the state's privacy laws.

Governor Brown has vetoed three similar bills in the past three years. While tech companies like Google and Apple support the legislation, the California State Sheriff's Association and the California District Attorneys Association are in opposition.