Reinventing the Wheel

From the NY Times:

State legislatures around the country, facing growing public concern about the collection and trade of personal data, have rushed to propose a series of privacy laws, from limiting how schools can collect student data to deciding whether the police need a warrant to track cellphone locations.

And... 

This year, Texas passed a bill introduced by Mr. Stickland that requires warrants for email searches...

It may shock people to learn that we already have privacy protections available, in the form of a supreme law that extends to all jurisdictions in the entire United States. It's called the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, and somehow we all forgot that it exists. This noble, yet theoretically unnecessary effort to legislate privacy reminds me of this recent effort by one of my own Senators, direct from the Office of Redundancy Office.