COLUMBUS: Police would be allowed to collect limited cellphone data during emergencies under a controversial bill approved by an Ohio House committee.
The action was approved by the committee in Columbus on Tuesday despite the concerns of civil liberties groups that authorities could abuse the law.
If passed by the Legislature, it would require cellphone carriers to provide data about a users location during an abduction or other emergency.
The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/17BUFpe ) reports that the committee at the request of the American Civil Liberties Union and similar groups added language making it clear that police would need a warrant to access the data in non-emergency situations.
Twelve other states already have a similar law.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com