U.S. Utah passed a bill prohibiting law enforcement agencies from searching for digital data without a license

The Utah State Legislature passed the Electronic Information or Data Privacy Act (HB57), the first state in the United States to have such laws. The Act requires law enforcement officials to obtain authorization before they can obtain digital data stored or transmitted by individuals. The data protected by this new regulation includes text, images and audio. For search engines, cloud storage, social media platforms, email providers, and other digital service providers, the news is positive because the data is now fully protected by the Fourth Amendment and its Utah laws. However, the Act does not cover medical or financial records owned by third parties.