- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Bills designed to guard online privacy rights and improve access to public records are among those being pushed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts as the Legislature begins its new two-year session.

The bills would require police to obtain a search warrant before accessing personal data from cellphones, prohibit employers for pressuring workers and job seekers for access to their social media accounts, and limit the use of automatic license plate readers.

Another bill would require police to collect data about traffic and pedestrian stops, analyze that information for racial disparities, and then make the information available to the public.

Other legislation is intended to strengthen the state’s public records law by lowering the cost for documents and requiring state agencies to assign an individual to help streamline requests for documents.

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