Senate bill gets rewritten, allows feds to read your e-mail without any warrant

Senate considering a bill that would allow warrantless access of e-mail.

Published Tue, Nov 20 2012 5:28 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

A scary bill rewrite has taken place by Senator Patrick Leahy. His previous version of the bill would have actually increased privacy for American's e-mails, however, a rewrite that the bill has undergone after law enforcement voiced concerns would do the exact opposite of the original piece of legislation.

Senate bill gets rewritten, allows feds to read your e-mail without any warrant |

The new bill, as it has been rewritten to read, would provide warrantless access to American's e-mails. Angencies ranging from the SEC to the FCC would be allowed access to e-mail, Google Docs, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without consulting a judge or obtaining a search warrant.

Users are better off storing secret and sensitive data on their personal computers. Cloud companies will no doubt be saddened and their businesses damaged if this bill passes. It's probably a worse bill than SOPA, yet no one is protesting like they did against SOPA. CNET has a full description of the bill with highlights of what it means for users. I encourage you to read it and share this around.


Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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