Reform to require warrant for private online messages up for vote, but down on privacy
November 25, 2012
The Department of Justice argues it can read your private electronic messages, like emails and private Facebook messages, older than 180 days without a warrant, due to an archaic distinction in the outdated Electronic Privacy and Communications Act (ECPA), EFF Deeplinks reports.
Senator Leahy wants to change this and has scheduled a markup hearing the week of Nov. 26. Months ago, he offered language clarifying that the government must obtain a warrant for all private messages; however, recently released bill language keeps the 180-day requirement for civil regulatory agencies like the FTC, SEC, and others.