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Varying Reports on Content of E-mail Privacy Bill


November 21, 2012

A CNET News report says a Senate proposal aimed at protecting citizens’ e-mail privacy has been “quietly rewritten” and now gives government agencies more surveillance power. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) rewrote the bill following concerns from law enforcement, the report states. Forbes reports, however, that the version of the bill CNET News reported on is not the version that will be considered at a hearing next week. A Senate judiciary aide said Leahy “does not support carve outs for warrantless searches of e-mail content” and that he “remains committed to upholding privacy laws and updating the outdated Electronic Privacy Communications Act.”
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