Del. Sam Rasoul disappointed in governor’s privacy veto

Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke City) has expressed disappointment in Governor McAuliffe’s Friday veto of SB 965, legislation that would have limited government retention of personal data from license plate readers.

Rasoul joins a growing chorus of those left frustrated by the veto, a group that includes voices across the political spectrum from Virginia ACLU Director Claire Gastanaga to former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

“It’s a shame that information about Virginians is being collected and retained for indefinite periods of time without any cause or suspicion,” said Rasoul.  “The laws of the Commonwealth have got to be updated in light of continually emerging technologies.  We need a fourth amendment for the 21st century to ensure the Constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure remains in place.”

Concerning the Governor’s veto decision, Rasoul said, “I feel like Governor McAuliffe missed out on a great bipartisan opportunity to support privacy legislation that passed the House and Senate unanimously. I remain committed to supporting bills that protect the personal privacy of people in the Commonwealth and will work with my colleagues from both sides of the aisle on such initiatives.  I look forward to working more with the Governor to find common ground on this important issue.”

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