Nov 152012
 
 November 15, 2012  Featured News, Laws, Surveillance, U.S.

David Kravetz reports:

The Senate Judiciary Committee announced Thursday that it will be voting Nov. 29 on whether to advance legislation that would require authorities to obtain a probable-cause warrant to get access to all e-mail and other content stored in the cloud, just as a warrant is required to search a car or house.

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, proposed the sweeping digital privacy protections in September after first failing to push them through last year.

Read more on Threat Level.

In related coverage, Brendan Sasso reports:

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a markup on Nov. 29 of legislation that would require police to obtain a warrant before reading people’s emails, Facebook messages or other forms of electronic communication.

Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) added the warrant requirement to H.R. 2471, a House bill that would loosen video privacy regulations.

Read more on The Hill.

Be still, my heart. At least this is a step in the right direction, although tacking ECPA amendments onto a bill to loosen video privacy requirements poses its own challenges.

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