Congress Has "Momentum" To Stop Warrantless Email Snooping, Aides Say

The updated version of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act passed through Congress last week after the provisions requiring a search warrant to view emails older than 6 months were stripped out. However a Democratic aide indicated that the bill's author, Senator Patrick Leahy, did not expect the bill to pass through the lame duck session and would instead be a multi-year effort. Introducing the measure into the so-called Neftlix bill that did pass helps maintain momentum for the email initiative into the new congress of 2013, the aide said. 

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