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A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law.
Proposed New U.S. Law Gives Authorities Access To Your email Without Warrant [news.cnet.com]
CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans' e-mail, is scheduled for next week.
Leahy's rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies -- including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission -- to access Americans' e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge. (CNET obtained the revised draft from a source involved in the negotiations with Leahy.)
Is that "expectation" on the part of someone who knows how things work, or "expectation" on the part of an ordinary human?
Leahy scuttles his warrantless e-mail surveillance bill [news.cnet.com]
After public criticism of proposal that lets government agencies warrantlessly access Americans' e-mail, Sen. Patrick Leahy says he will "not support" such an idea at next week's vote.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches...
I just don't understand where the idea of privacy was dropped in this whole Internet business.
and can be easily viewed by anyone with server access
But you will not get far if you argue that you weren't tampering with the mails because the letter was just sitting there for anyone to slip it out, read it and pop it back into the envelope.
This means you should either a) operate your own personal email servers like I do