Have you heard about the bill that would allow for warrantless email searches? It looks like legislation is being discussed that would allow government agencies to read emails, Facebook messages and other forms of electronic communication without a warrant. If passed, the bill would allow more than 22 federal agencies to read private emails without a warrant. So much for privacy protection right? Under current law, police only need an administrative subpoena, issued without a judge’s approval, to read emails that have been opened or that are more than 180 days old. Police simply swear an email is relevant to an investigation, and then obtain a subpoena to force an Internet company to turn it over. The new legislation if passed will exempt more than 22 federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Reserve, from the warrant requirement. The bill would give the FBI and the Homeland Security Department even more extensive powers in some circumstances, allowing them to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying the owner or a judge, according to CNET.
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