Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Senate bill lets Feds read your e-mail without warrants

A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law, CNET has learned.

Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns, according to three individuals who have been negotiating with Leahy's staff over the changes. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans' e-mail, is scheduled for next week.

Leahy's rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies -- including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission -- to access Americans' e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.
Read the rest here.

Write your Senators... while it's still legal.


Nikolaus said...

Indeed shameful! It's no surprise to me that the author is a Democrat. One of the distressing aspects of that party is their consistent attack on free speech. I echo your appeal to write your senators.


Nikolaus said...

First, that should have been " One of the distressing aspects of that party is its consistent attack on free speech." But Mr. Leahy may have realized his grave error:


Just in case, still write your senators.