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NSA Leaks May Help Push For Tighter Email Privacy Legislation

  • Politico, Friday, July 12, 2013 2:58 PM
Revelations that the government has been accessing the email accounts of citizens has brought email privacy reform legislation to the mainstream. Even before Edward Snowden leaked documents exposing the NSA's surveillance programs, politicians on both sides of the aisle had been working to update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act which currently governs email privacy laws. The act does not require law enforcement to get a warrant to access the email of suspected criminals. Reformers hope to require a warrant from a judge in order for the police to read a suspected criminal's email.

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