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Of the five proposed constitutional amendments Missourians will get to vote on in August, two of them have generated little attention and virtually no controversy.  One would expand the right against unreasonable search and seizures to include electronic communications and data, while the other would create a new Missouri lottery ticket to fund the needs of veterans.

Electronic data and communications

U.S. Supreme Court
Matt H. Wade | Wikipedia

In a landmark decision protecting Americans' digital privacy, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Wednesday that police almost always need to get warrants to search the cell phones of people they arrest.

Washington University School of Medicine

In the not-so-distant future, it will be possible, perhaps even common place, to have computers implanted in our brains, says St. Louis neurosurgeon Eric Leuthardt.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: I am as angry as anyone about the NSA’s persistent, nefarious, cynical -- and successful -- efforts to open back doors into the world’s computer systems, developing honed abilities to wander through the private communications of just about everyone in with a screen-name. 

But it’s no more than we deserve.