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    Missouri Passes Constitutional Amendment to Protect Electronic Privacy

    On Tuesday, Missouri voters passed a constitutional amendment to protect electronic privacy. Here’s what the amendment said: “Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that the people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data from unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now likewise secure in their persons, homes, papers and effects?” The Associated Press reports that the vote on Amendment 9 was: YES: 728,549, 74.756 percent; NO: 246,020, 25.244 percent. AP reports, “Supporters said the broader legal definition will help guard against excessive government intrusion such as the recent National Security Agency eavesdropping scandal.” Republican state Sen. Rob Schaaf, who co-sponsored the measure with Republican Sen. Bob Dixon, told Time that the “overwhelming support for Amendment 9 reflects the emotion that Missourians feel about the invasion of their privacy.”

     

     

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