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SEC Wants to be Exempt From Warrants When Accessing Private Emails

  • , Tuesday, July 30, 2013 4:11 PM

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is hoping to get better access to private email data. The agency is expected to release a proposal this week requesting warrantless powers. The proposal would give the SEC access to electronic communications of people and companies that are under investigation without requiring a warrant. The SEC is pushing for these powers to be part of an amendment to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA), which is currently being updated. If update, the ECPA will likely require government agencies to get a warrant in order to access private communications, and the SEC is hoping to be exempt from this requirement.

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