Texas Becomes First State Requiring A Warrant For Email Spying

email spyingI never thought I’d say this, but, has Texas set an example that should be followed on the federal level? Ars Technica reports:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed a bill giving Texans more privacy over their inboxes than anywhere else in the United States.

On Friday, Perry signed HB 2268, effective immediately. The law shields residents of the Lone Star State from snooping by state and local law enforcement without a warrant. The bill’s e-mail amendment was written by Jonathan Stickland, a 29-year-old Republican who represents an area between Dallas and Ft. Worth.

Under the much-maligned 1986-era Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), federal law enforcement agencies are only required to get a warrant to access recent e-mails before they are opened by the recipient. As we’ve noted many times before, there are no such provisions in federal law once the e-mail has been opened or if it has sat in an inbox, unopened, for 180 days.

7 Comments on "Texas Becomes First State Requiring A Warrant For Email Spying"

  1. Is this like the bill trying to make it legal to use propaganda on the US?

    http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/new-bill-would-make-it-legal-to-target-propaganda-and-psychological-operations-directly-at-u-s-citizens

    The presupposition being that we weren’t already being targeted.

  2. Ted Heistman | Jun 20, 2013 at 11:35 am |

    Really cold in Texas apparently…

  3. Lookinfor Buford | Jun 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm |

    Never thought you’d say that? Just shows how uneducated you are with regards to Texas..

  4. BuzzCoastin | Jun 20, 2013 at 7:58 pm |

    There’s no business like show business
    like no business I know.

  5. Noah_Nine | Jun 25, 2013 at 4:44 am |

    Lip Service

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