Government Surveillance Hot Topic In Colorado

By: AP
By: AP
To join the conversation on this story and others, "like" our KKTV 11 News Facebook page!

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

Some of the bills have been in the works for a couple of years, but lawmakers say disclosures about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs and the long-standing debate over the adoption of the Patriot Act following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has helped spur a conversation.

Rep. Polly Lawrence sponsored a bill this session limiting how long agencies keep "passive surveillance" records like video images of traffic conditions or activity in parking garages. The legislation has been signed into law.

Other measures are pending and have good chances of passing because they have bipartisan support.

One proposal would refer a question to voters in November asking whether law enforcement should get warrants to search electronic data, such as phone and email records, or personal data stored in remote servers known as the cloud. If approved by lawmakers and voters, the requirement would be added to the state constitution.

KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.

If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.

powered by Disqus
KKTV 520 E. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Office: (719) 634-2844 Fax: (719) 632-0808 News Fax: (719) 634-3741
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 256817291 -
Gray Television, Inc.