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H.R. 6001 (117th): Closing the Warrantless Digital Car Search Loophole Act of 2021

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These days, your car might even know how much you weigh — plus whether you’ve gained weight.


The Constitution’s Fourth Amendment requires a search warrant, based on “probable cause” that illegal activity is being committed, before the government or law enforcement can obtain or seize a person’s private information.

Originally ratified in 1791 to primarily mean a person’s physical papers and the like, over the centuries it’s come to include all sorts of other private information which developed with new technologies. For example, 2018’s Supreme Court decision Carpenter v. United States ruled 5–4 that law enforcement required a search warrant to access a person’s cell phone location information.

But for a century now, there has been a major exception. In 1921, George Carroll’s Oldsmobile was stopped and searched …

Sponsor and status

Ro Khanna

Sponsor. Representative for California's 17th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 17, 2021
Length: 10 pages
Nov 17, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on November 17, 2021, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


1 Cosponsor (1 Republican)



Nov 17, 2021

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 6001 (117th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 6001. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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