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Senate bill would require warrant for e-mail, cloud searches

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posted on May, 18 2011 @ 01:16 PM
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Senate bill would require warrant for e-mail, cloud searches


arstechnica.com

Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) proposed sweeping digital privacy protections Tuesday that would require the government, for the first time, to get a probable-cause warrant to obtain e-mail and other content stored in the cloud.

Leahy’s proposal would nullify a provision of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act that allows the government to acquire a suspect’s e-mail or other stored content from an Internet service provider without showing probable cause
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posted on May, 18 2011 @ 01:16 PM
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Well, pardon my cynicism, but this seems like more fodder for political posturing, as it appears to me that our news of late has been chock full of contentious 'government rights' issues...

I am not entirely sure that we should be celebrating yet:


Civil rights groups applauded the proposal, but cautioned that it was not a complete victory for online privacy.

“We think this is the beginning of the discussion. This is a very positive step,” Chris Calabrese, legal counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, said by telephone.


This bill hasn't even gone to committee yet... so it may serve as a prop for political theater... or worse, it might wind up being folded, spindled, and mutilated into a even more oppressive law... with this crowd, one never knows for sure.

At any rate, I won't blame anyone for being encouraged... but I maintain that it not as cut and dry as 'good news'


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posted on May, 18 2011 @ 01:48 PM
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Well these guys just dont have a good track record do they?
And it seems these days they just work on perfecting Double Speak.



posted on May, 18 2011 @ 01:53 PM
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They'll still look and track emails..

They just won't use that evidence in court is all.




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