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S. 466: Kelsey Smith Act

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Are there enough privacy protections built in, in case of false or illegal emergency requests?


18-year-old Kelsey Smith was kidnapped, raped, and murdered in June 2007 outside a shopping mall in Overland Park, Kansas. Her murderer is now serving life in prison without parole.

Smith’s body was found within 45 minutes of authorities accessing her cell phone’s location data, but it took four days after her disappearance before Verizon provided that location data to authorities in the first place. While Verizon didn’t publicly explain their delay, the company’s defenders cited consumer privacy, noting that only customers themselves are supposed to be able to access their own data unless a court order demands access.

Smith’s parents Greg and Missey embarked on a campaign for states to require cell …

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Jerry Moran

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Kansas. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2021
Length: 7 pages
Feb 25, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Feb 25, 2021

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3 Cosponsors (3 Republicans)

2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Feb 25, 2021

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