Your Email May Not Be Private
A bill proposed in the Senate that will be voted on next week was originally aimed at increasing Americans’ email privacy, but it was quietly rewritten by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy to give the Feds warrantless full access to your inbox.
According to CNET, the bill would now give 22 government agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — unfettered access to Americans’ email inboxes, Google files, Facebook and Twitter with only a subpoena from a judge.
Until law enforcement officials complained, Leahy’s originally said his bill “provides enhanced privacy protections for American consumers by… requiring that the government obtain a search warrant.” He reworked the bill at behest of the National District Attorneys’ Association and the National Sheriffs’ Association, both of which objected to the warrant requirement.
CNET points out some of the bill’s most privacy-damning highlights: