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Montana Voters Approve Constitutional Amendment to Treat Electronic Data...

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Montana voters overwhelmingly approved a state constitutional amendment that elevates the privacy of a person's electronic communications and data to the same level as "persons, houses, papers and possessions."

Ballot measure C-48 amends the state constitution to require the government to obtain a search warrant in order to access a person's electronic data or electronic communication by adding the following highlighted words to Article II Sec. 11 of the state constitution.

"Searches and seizures. The people shall be secure in their persons, papers, electronic data and communications, homes, and effects from unreasonable searches and seizures. No warrant to search any place, or to seize any person or thing, or to access electronic data or communications shall issue without describing the place to be searched or the person or thing to be seized, or without probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation