Washington, D.C. –
The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved new legislation that would require police to get a warrant to see your email. It is part of an overhaul of the laws of the national governing privacy in the digital age.
The current set of laws, the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, have been described by many as outdated. Currently, police only need a warrant for emails less than six months old. In the new law, police will be required to get a warrant for any of your emails, regardless of how new or old they are.
Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said, Americans “face even greater threats to their digital privacy, as we witness the explosion of new technologies and the expansion of the government’s surveillance powers.”
The U.S. Justice Department and the FBI have resisted such changes saying it would significantly slow down their ability to gather intelligence and evidence.
The bill will not move to the floor of the U.S. Senate to be voted on by the full Senate.
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