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Vote Delayed on E-Mail Warrant Bill

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 5, 2013

The Hill reports on the delay in “a vote on legislation that would require police to obtain a warrant before accessing e-mails and other online messages.” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) had pressed for a vote prior to the August recess, “but at least one Republican objected to the bill,” resulting in the delay, the report states. If passed, the legislation will limit law enforcement’s ability to access private online messages. Currently, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 only requires a subpoena to require Internet companies to provide access to such communications if they have been opened or are more than 180 days old.
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