Long-stalled email privacy bill advances in Congress

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 7:22 PM

S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, although its prospects for becoming law this year stay uncertain. The House Judiciary Committee voted 28-0 to approve the Email Privacy Act, which would upgrade a decades-old federal law to require federal authorities get a look for warrant to access emails or other digital communications that are more than one hundred eighty days old.

Legislation that'd require law enforcement to get a look for warrant before asking technology companies to hand over dated emails unanimously moved forward in the U. S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, although its prospects for becoming law this year remain uncertain.

The House Judiciary Committee voted 28-0 to approve the Email Privacy Act, which would upgrade a decades-old federal law to require federal authorities get a look for warrant to access emails or other digital communications that are more than one hundred eighty days old.

Currently, law enforcement and civil agencies can ask a service provider to turn over such aged private communications with only a subpoena, which is subject to less judicial oversight than a warrant.

(Reporting by Dustin Volz; Editing by Bill Trott)

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