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White House Changes Tune on Some E-mail Surveillance

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

March 19, 2013

The Obama administration is easing up on its insistence that law enforcement should be able to access Americans’ e-mail communications without a warrant, but the Justice Department is issuing new proposals that would allow the government to have expanded surveillance rights over e-mails and Twitter and Facebook direct messages, CNET News reports. Electronic Frontier Foundation Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury said, “It’s like two steps forward and two steps back…I question how much they’re really conceding.” In an op-ed for POLITICO, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform and the ACLU’s Laura Murphy announced the launch of Digital 4th, proposing that all private communications stored online should have the same Fourth Amendment rights as any materially stored documents.
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