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US Senate committee to consider electronic privacy reform

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Thursday the U.S. Senate committee will discuss whether law enforcement can obtain a suspects' cell phone information without a warrant.

The argument will be over making limited changes to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act which was enacted in 1986.

The proposed amendment would require police to obtain a warrant to search an email or other information on your cell phone.

FOX 7 spoke with Flashback Data, a local forensic and digital lab that helps law enforcement obtain computer and phone evidence. Unlike perhaps other companies, the lab requires a search warrant beforehand. But they say nothing is really private anymore.

"Especially now days when smartphones are like mini computers in your pocket. They are meant to sync with everything almost like cancer. They want your data to be accessible everywhere on your iPad, your iPhone, your macbook. To do that they have to put that data everywhere and people really take that for granted and do it for convenience and don't realize at the cost of having their data in the hands of other people and having it all over the place and often those artifacts are easy to find even after they are deleted," said William Ambruzs, Attorney for Flashback Data.

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