Today, federal departments and law enforcement have the ability to access the emails you write without a warrant, sidestepping Fourth Amendment protections. Even if you have done nothing wrong, it doesn’t matter. Law enforcement can, through current existing law, obtain any of your emails over 180 days old.
The most ridiculous part is that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) use a 28 year old law that was passed before the Internet was available for private use and before email was even called “email.” The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986 ensured individual electronic privacy at the time, but is now far outdated due to the progression of technology.
Saw this on reddit this weekend. The erosion of our freedom is a slow process that we must stop now!
Brenden Sasso | April 1, 2014 - Published on National Journal The Obama administration’s top intelligence official has confirmed that the National Security Agency intentionally spied on the communications of Americans under a law intended to apply only to foreigners. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed the surveillance in a letter responding to questioning from Sen.…