Heard on the Hill: Shhh…someone might be recording this conversation.

Utah Capitol Hill

As legislators debate a bill penalizing “revenge porn,” it may be the secret recording of the legislators themselves that is most disconcerting to the part time lawmakers on Utah’s Capitol Hill.

Rumors, perpetuated by several legislators, are circulating that at least three legislators have found themselves the focus of recordings without their knowledge or consent.

As Representative Dana Layton said during the debate over revenge porn, according to Eric Peterson,  its “almost natural law” that sending anything electronically means losing control of it. Is it also natural law that elected officials should assume they always under surveillance?  Or should there remain some expectation if privacy and discretion?

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