Bills Would Limit on How Government Tracks People
Two proposed New Hampshire House bills that would restrict the government's ability to monitor private individuals will be discussed at a Commerce Committee executive session this week.
House Bill 244 defines biometric data and seeks to bar government agencies and private businesses from collecting biometric data about individuals, with the exception of the purposes of employee identification cards.
House Bill 445 would bar the use of electronic tracking devices to track an individual without the consent of the individual or a court order.
House Bill 445's sponsor, Rep. Neal Kurk, R-Weare, said it is necessary because federal courts have allowed the government to trespass on individual property to install tracking devices.
"The U.S. Supreme Court and two circuit courts have said on no, it's perfectly legitimate, and in one case, the government agent literally went on the guy's property," Kurk said.
The bill will be discussed on Wednesday by the Commerce Committee. It was heard March 1.