Congress Considers Updating 1986 Law That Lets Police Read Emails – 4 February 2015

RT logoAn antiquated federal law that currently allows police officers in the United States to warrantlessly obtain and read emails could soon undergo a major update if some members of Congress have their say.

Mere weeks into the start of the 114th Congress, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are asking their colleagues to consider revamping the Electronic Communications Privacy Act in order to bring the nearly 30-year-old law up to date.

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or ECPA, includes a provision that allows law enforcement to obtain emails from service providers without requiring a warrant if the communications in question exist on a third-party server for more than six-months.

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