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New Illinois law would restrict travel data in divorce requests

Although divorces can be civilized matters after people have already decided how they feel, the process can be demoralizing. Things that were part of a relationship are now matters for individuals with privacy, and evidence of arguments or disagreements can go from trivial to material evidence in court.

The government in Springfield is considering a new law to protect people during divorces from intrusions into their personal data. This comes after a report shows how the Illinois Tollway Authority released personal travel information of people when it was subpoenaed by a civil court.

"There's an appropriate way for a government agency to reveal information and then there's an inappropriate way for it to be used," said an Illinois state representative sponsoring the bill.

A court order would no longer be enough to get information from the authority on the movements of subjects' transponders. The new bill would make criminal warrants necessary for the release of information. The bill is modeled on a similar one in California, which is designed to prevent information making it into the hands of stalkers.

The bill would also require the authority to inform people that their information was released within five days of the event. Subjects would also find out how their information was used to who requested it.

Anyone concerned about personal privacy during divorce or other issues that may come up during the end of a marriage may consult with legal representation. An attorney can help people going through this difficult process with the filings and court appearances as well as personal needs.

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