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Privacy Issues are at the Focus of Maine Proposals
01/27/2013 12:09 PM ET  

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine is supporting a package of bills dealing with privacy issues that will go before lawmakers this year.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The explosion of social media and the shadowy specter of domestic drones both have civil libertarians worried about threats to Mainers' privacy.

So the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine is making privacy protection a priority. The group is supporting a package of bills that will go before lawmakers this year.

Democratic Sen. John Patrick of Rumford is sponsoring a bill that would require law enforcement to get a warrant before using domestic drones to spy on people. Republican Sen. Roger Katz of Augusta wants police to be required to get probable cause warrants before obtaining text messages or tracking people by their cellphones.

The other bills would require operators of websites that collect personal information to post privacy policies and bar employers from accessing employees' social media passwords.

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