SEC Opposes Update to Electronic Privacy Communications Act

SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White defended the practice of collecting emails without a warrant to the House Appropriations subcommittee on financial services, explaining that the agency instead uses subpoenas to access emails that are older that 180 days. The SEC is within the law, as the Electronic Privacy Communications Act, allows law enforcement officials to access electronic communications that have been stored for more than three months without a warrant. Senators from across the aisle have been pushing to update the law and law enforcement has supported the push. However, civil agencies such as the SEC are opposing the update.

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