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The States Tackle Online Privacy

The Texas State Capitol in Austin
The Texas State Capitol in AustinPhotograph by Zigy Kaluzny/Getty Images

State lawmakers have been busy worrying about online privacy this week.

On Tuesday, the Texas legislature sent a bill to Governor Rick Perry that would require investigators to get warrants if they want to read people’s e-mails. That law goes further than the 1986 law that guides such activity at the federal level. Then, on Wednesday, Maine’s House of Representatives passed a bill requiring warrants for those seeking location information about cell phone users. The bill now goes back to the state’s Senate, which has already passed it, for enactment.