Bill Seeks To Balance Privacy Rights, Law Enforcement Needs

Jan 14, 2016

This week the Vermont Senate has taken up a wide-ranging electronic privacy bill that would apply to data from a broad array of sources: license-plate readers, phone calls, even drones. We're exploring what the bill covers, and whether it strikes the right balance between the privacy rights of individual Vermonters and the needs of law enforcement. 

We're joined by Chittenden County Senator Tim Ashe, one of the bill's sponsors; Allen Gilbert, executive director of the Vermont ACLU; and David Cahill, acting executive director of the Department of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs and Windsor County State's Attorney.

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Also on the program: the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee has a new outdoor exhibit featuring life-sized statues of Ice Age mammals, so visitors can see what the creatures might have looked like in the Vermont landscape over 10,000 years ago. VINS director of on-site interpretation Chris Collier showed Vermont Edition's Sam Gale Rosen around the menagerie.

Broadcast live on Thurs., Jan 14, 2016 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Clarification: In this program, host Jane Lindholm introduces David Cahill as executive director of the Department of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs. Since being sworn in as Windsor County State's Attorney on January 5th, he is currently serving as acting executive director of the Department of State's Attorneys and Sheriffs pending the hiring of a replacement.