Bill to Restrain Government Surveillance Passes the Senate

(Denver) – The Colorado Senate today passed legislation to restrain the state government from intruding on the privacy of Coloradans. HB-1152 received unanimous support from the Senate Republican Caucus and all 18 Democrats also followed Republican leadership on this issue and voted for the bill. 

HB-1152 requires government agencies to delete footage from passive surveillance cameras after one year, unless the video can be used in a civil, labor, administrative or felony criminal proceeding, in which case it can be stored for up to three years. 

“Now more than ever, we need to protect the privacy of Coloradans,” said Senator Mark Scheffel (R-Parker). “With the rapid proliferation of surveillance technology and data collection across the country, it’s important that Coloradans feel confident state government isn’t unnecessarily storing their personal information. HB-1152 achieves the goal of protecting personal privacy while still allowing law enforcement to utilize stored footage in appropriate circumstances.” 

Senator Mark Scheffel (R-Parker) is the Senate sponsor of HB-1152. The bill was sponsored by Representative Polly Lawrence (R-Littleton) in the House. The bill will now be sent back to the House for consideration of Senate amendments. 

To read HB-1152 in its entirety, click here.

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