Senator Pushes Bill Allowing Warrantless Reading of E-Mails in the U.S.
November 20, 2012 10:23 AM
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Senator Patrick Leahy (D, Vt.), seen here in a cameo in The Dark Knight, was "pressured" by National District Attorneys' Association and the National Sheriffs' Association to change the language of the privacy bill
(Source: Warner Bros.)
Bill originally added protection for e-mail
Talk about a bait and switch.
is reporting that Senator Patrick Leahy (D, Vt.), who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has revised legislation he proposed previously that originally claimed to protect e-mail privacy of American citizens. That proposal has been rewritten, and now allows for law enforcement officials to
read your e-mails without a warrant
The bill is scheduled for a vote next week and was reworked after the National District Attorneys' Association and the National Sheriffs' Association made it clear that they were concerned about increasing difficulty gaining access to e-mails for criminal investigations. The rewritten bill would give access to e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter messages to 22 different government agencies without the need for a search warrant.
The rewritten bill would also allow the FBI and Homeland Security additional authority in certain circumstances to access accounts on the internet without notifying the owner or needing approval by a judge.
The original legislation proposed would've required police to obtain a search warrant and have probable cause before they were allowed to read the contents of e-mail or other digital communications.
Senator Leahy previously said of his legislation, "[The bill] provides enhanced privacy protections for American consumers by... requiring that the government obtain a search warrant."
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11/20/2012 1:44:22 PM
This should be treated the same as first class mail! Big brother cannot search my first class mail without a warrant... oh wait... they can:
If you are truly concerned about privacy, encrypt your emails. Anything you place online is public, if you don't want everyone to see what you are doing close the front door.
11/20/2012 7:16:30 PM
The USPS is a governmental organization. It's no curprise they can do it there. Can they search UPS packages without warrant? If not, that's no different than a non-governmental email.
11/21/2012 8:18:42 AM
Yes because encryption is completely secure....
"Young lady, in this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" -- Homer Simpson
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