Heights lawmaker honored by Forbes Magazine

2014-01-06T12:11:00Z 2014-01-08T22:36:10Z Heights lawmaker honored by Forbes MagazineBy TOM LUTEY tlutey@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

Billings legislator Daniel Zolnikov made the Forbes Magazine 30 under 30 list for his work on cellphone privacy rights.

Because of Zolnikov, police in Montana need a search warrant to acquire cell phone location data. The 26-year-old Republican representative from Billings Heights authored the law in the 2013 Legislature.

"I had my privacy bill, which got national news," Zolnikov said. "Then I ended up speaking at DEF CON," the world's largest hacking conference, "in Las Vegas, where I got more national press. It just kept happening."

Forbes tabbed Zolnikov for its law and policy honoree. The freshman lawmaker also attempted to prevent companies from selling, without Internet users' consent, personal information to third party vendors. That bill failed.

However, Zolnikov is running for re-election and plans to take up privacy rights again in the 2015 Legislature. Namely, Zolnikov will take up the issue of email data mining by the government. 

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