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Recently, a federal court of appeals reversed a lower court decision involving a data trespass law which Wyoming enacted in 2015. The trespass law created criminal and civil penalties when a person trespassed to collect resource data on private property. The court of appeals concluded that the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protected the collection of data and the new trespass law was unconstitutional. While Wyoming’s new trespass law did not directly speak to protecting agricultural operations, many have viewed this law as a form of ag-gag law. As we have discussed before, although it is unconstitutional for states to adopt these laws, producers still have options to protect their operations.Read More