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SCOTUS Refuses E-mail Privacy Case; Senate To Take Up ECPA Reform

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 16, 2013

The Supreme Court has declined to hear a case that could test the boundaries of federal protection of e-mail privacy, The Christian Science Monitor reports. An appeal in Jenning v. Broome asked the court to resolve differing lower court rulings by a California appeals court and the South Carolina Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate is prepared to mark up legislation this Thursday that would mandate police obtain warrants prior to searching citizens’ e-mails, The Hill reports. Bill co-sponsor Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said, “Safeguarding Americans’ privacy rights is not a Democratic issue or a Republican issue—it is something that is important to all Americans, regardless of political party or ideology.”
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