Bill Proposed for E-Mail Privacy

by Scott Lindemann March 8th, 2013 | Latest News
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capitolIt’s no secret that the United States government has had unsettlingly easy access to its citizens’ e-mails for quite some time. The ability of the Government to cite “national security concerns” to circumvent the need for a warrant has been standard operating procedure since briefly after the September 11th attacks of 2001, although the legislation that allowed this to happen is much older. The¬†Electronic Communications Privacy Act, passed in 1986, allows law enforcement to obtain access to e-mails without the need for a warrant.

In an unusual act of common sense, a group of legislators from both sides of the aisle have come together to form a bill that would force police to obtain a warrant before gaining access to personal e-mails. The new bill, proposed by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and supported by Reps. Ted Poe (R-TX) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA), seeks to extend privacy protections for both e-mail and location privacy.

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