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Justice Department Supports Change in Email Privacy Laws for Criminal Investigations

The Justice Department said Tuesday it supports rewriting the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the 1986 legislation that gives law enforcement the ability to read a citizen's emails without a warrant, if the email is older than six months old or is already opened. Elana Tyrangiel, acting assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Policy, testified to the House Judiciary subcommittee today, saying, "There is no principled basis to treat email less than 180 days old differently than email more than 180 days old."

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