Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your email without warrants

November 20, 2012 10:48 AM

From CNET News:

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

CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans' email, is scheduled for next week.

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Marc Rotenberg, head of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said that in light of the revelations about how former CIA director David Petraeus' email was perused by the FBI, "even the Department of Justice should concede that there's a need for more judicial oversight," not less.