"The state-level stuff is really important," says Neil M. Richards, a privacy guru and professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis. "The federal law has to fit for everyone. State laws can fill in the gaps and increase protections — they allow for the state to serve, as the famous Boston attorney Louis Brandeis said, 'As a laboratory in which to try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.' "

"These bills together reinforce core principles of justice," says Crockford. "When we require police to get warrants in order to access our private information, we make sure that our precious public resources are directed at real threats, not at peaceful political activists or religious minorities. Adding this commonsense layer of protection protects our freedom and keeps us safer by focusing police resources where we need them — on violent crime and serious threats to our communities — and keeps the government out of our business when it has no good reason to interfere with our lives."

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