House passes email privacy bill…feckless Senate balks

California Politics, California Political News

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For the first time, your email may soon get a layer of protection from government scrutiny.

The House of Representatives Wednesday passed the Email Privacy Act, a bill that would force government representatives wanting to have access to older email messages to get a warrant first. Right now, law enforcement and other officials need only issue a subpoena to get access to email that is older than 180 days.

Some 314 of the House’s 435 members co-sponsoring the bill, assuring its passage in the chamber. Its fate in the Senate, however, is uncertain. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will have purview over the bill in that chamber, has not said whether his committee will take it up.

Source: San Jose Mercury News

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