Senate Bill Rewrite Lets Feds Read Your e-mail Without WarrantsSubmitted by ZeroFiction on Tue, 11/20/2012 - 11:32
Where is the outrage!
CNET reports Sen. Leahy (D) will not support the exception that includes warrantless access to email data. Don't let your guard down though, I will continue to watch this bill up to the vote. CNET - Leahy scuttles his warrantless e-mail surveillance bill
Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.
CNET- A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law.
CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans' e-mail, is scheduled for next week.
Revised bill highlights
Leahy's rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies -- including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission -- to access Americans' e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.