The Police May Soon Need A Warrant To Read Your Emails

Using electronic means to communicate shouldn’t mean that you relinquish your right to privacy. Ars Technica reports on an encouraging development in the U.S. Senate:

Right now, if the cops want to read my e-mail, it’s pretty trivial for them to do so. All they have to do is ask my online e-mail provider. But a new bill set to be introduced Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee by its chair, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), seems to stand the best chance of finally changing that situation and giving e-mail stored on remote servers the same privacy protections as e-mail stored on one’s home computer.

Leahy’s new amendement would provide a major change to the privacy standard of all electronic correspondence by finally requiring a probable cause-driven warrant. If this bill does pass, it would instantaneously provide significantly more privacy to everyone in America who sends e-mail, uses Facebook, Twitter, Google Docs, or communicates online in essentially any way.

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  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    if you’re doing something nefarious
    and you document it
    and you expect that documentation to be secret
    your probably a government lackey
    citizens don’t have that right

  • Infvocuernos

    Wait, you mean I shouldn’t be sending secret self incriminating notes to co-conspirators via e-mail?  There go my plans for world domination. 
     

  • Haystack

    Alternate headline: “Police don’t already require a warrant to read your E-mails.” 

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