Privacy & Emails

At The Hill, Brendan Sasso and Jennifer Martinez report on a new initiative from the House Judiciary Committee to examine privacy protections for emails:

Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, police only need a subpoena, issued without a judge’s approval, to read emails that have been opened or that are more than 180 days old. Privacy advocates argue the law is woefully out of date and that police should need a warrant to access emails and other private messages.

Revising the law to protect all electronic communications, regardless of how old they are, is a top goal for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).

The House hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

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