US Congress to revise police access to emails

A 30 year old law dating to 1986 allows police officers in the US to read emails without warrant - that could soon change if Congress passes a new law.

US Congress to revise police access to emails

World Bulletin / News Desk

An old law that currently allows police officers in the US to obtain and read emails without a warrant could soon be updated if Congress passes law.

A report in Russia Today explains, that with only a few weeks into the 114th Congress, lawmakers are considering revising the 30 yr old law in the ECPA, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which includes a provision that allows law enforcement officers to obtain emails from servie providers without require a warrant if the communication in question exits on a 3rd party server for more than 6 months.

With Cloud technology allowing email users to store emails on email servers rather than on personal computers allowing them to access their email from any email device, this also allows investigators to access emails from service providers. Congress representatives are putting their weight behind the update so that law officers must obtain a warrant before they ask any service providers for personal messages or information they may disclose location information.

Senators Patrick Leahy and Mike Lee urged colleagues in Congress to reform the ECPA, acknowledging that past efforts did have significant results but not enough to get any results.

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