Protect Household Privacy

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HB 2553 places modest parameters on the collection and use of household electronic data by law enforcement. With the proliferation of these devices – like “Alexa” or a Ring doorbell, there needs to be some rules to protect your private information. Make your voice heard in support of this bill!

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Support HB 2553!
Dear State Representative,

I write to encourage you to sponsor and support the Protecting Household Privacy Act in the Illinois House. The PHPA strikes an appropriate balance to protect the private information gathered by the increasing number of personal home devices like doorbells and personal assistants. The bill places modest limits on the collection and use of household electronic data by law enforcement.

Smart household technology has grown at an unprecedented pace. The same virtual assistants, security cameras, and smart appliances that used to appear on TV have now become a part of many American households. Such devices can provide convenient benefits to their owners and offer the promise of a "safe and smart home," with powerful monitoring and automation capabilities. Without regulation, companies could share the information gathered by these devices with law enforcement agencies without our knowledge.

PHPA does not allow law enforcement agencies to acquire such data from a private third party, unless:

• The law enforcement agency first obtained a valid court order or judicial warrant; or
• The owner of the data consents to voluntarily provide the desired data

Even when such data is obtained by a law enforcement agency, the PHPA mandates that it be destroyed within 30 days, unless there is a reasonable suspicion that the information contains evidence of criminal activity or the information is relevant to an ongoing investigation or pending criminal trial.

Illinois citizens should not have to choose between using household technological conveniences and preserving the right to privacy in their home. The PHPA is a critical step to protect our information and limit law enforcement’s access to it in the absence of a valid exception. I urge you to sponsor and support this bill.

Sincerely,

[First Name] [Last Name]
[Your Address]

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