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U.S. Email Privacy Bill Takes a Step Forward

11:22 am on Apr 15, 2016 (gmt 0)

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At present, law enforcement can gain access through a subpoena, but this new bill, if turned into law, would mean tighter controls and greater scrutiny from judges before access to the data can be obtained.

Legislation that would require law enforcement to obtain a search warrant before asking technology companies to hand over old emails unanimously moved forward in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, notching a long-awaited win for technology companies and digital privacy advocates.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 28-0 to approve the Email Privacy Act, which would update a decades-old law to mandate federal authorities get a warrant to access emails or other digital communications that are more than 180 days old. U.S. Email Privacy Bill Takes a Step Forward [reuters.com]

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