posted on Nov, 29 2012 @ 03:26 PM
Of course nothing is final... it appears ever
The bill makes it slightly more difficult for the government to access the content of a consumer's emails and private files from Google, Yahoo,
Facebook and other Internet providers. Under the current law, the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, a warrant is needed only for emails less
than 6 months old.
The committee chairman and the bill's sponsor, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said digital files on a computer should have the same safeguards as paper
files stored in a home. Americans "face even greater threats to their digital privacy, as we witness the explosion of new technologies and the
expansion of the government's surveillance powers," Leahy said during the committee's vote on the legislation. The full Senate is expected to vote on
the bill early next year. A House committee hasn't yet voted on a similar bill.
It's sort of amazing when our government makes an about face.
Especially since the drive towards more powerful and authoritarian intrusion of government into private communications seemed to be running at about a
gajillion miles an hour..... so what made this abrupt change in stance become suddenly "desirable" I wonder?
Passage of the bill comes just a few weeks after the stunning resignation of David Petraeus as the head of the CIA over an extramarital affair
with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The case focused the public's attention on how easy it is for federal agents to access people's email
Well... it can't be that, right? Unless that is what AP wants us to think.
Hopefully this can take root and persevere in the face of military-industrial complex lobbyists... but you never know... they might have embarrassing
secrets in their emails too!
(visit the link for the full news article)
edit on 29-11-2012 by Maxmars because: (no reason given)