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FF4m3

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Re: Cops Might Finally Need A Warrant To Read Your Gmail

New bill introduced today that would require warrants, but history says it won't pass.:
said by CNet - September 25, 2012 :

The bill, introduced by Rep. Zoe Lofgren -- a Democrat who represents the heart of Silicon Valley, including the home turf of Apple, Google, and Intel -- would generally require law enforcement officials to obtain a search warrant signed by a judge before they can access cloud data or location information.

It's backed by a phalanx of companies, including Amazon.com, Apple, AT&T, eBay, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Twitter. Liberal, conservative, and libertarian advocacy groups are also members of the so-called Digital Due Process coalition.

But it's easier to block legislation than advance it. The U.S. Department of Justice will likely try just that: it's previously warned that requiring warrants for e-mail could have an "adverse impact" on investigations. And tougher legal standards for location data, the department claims, would hinder "the government's ability to obtain important information in investigations of serious crimes."

Police opposition has been successful in derailing similar privacy legislation. Last week, a U.S. Senate committee postponed a vote on a bill requiring police to obtain search warrants before accessing files stored in the cloud, including e-mail, after law enforcement groups including the National District Attorneys' Association and the National Sheriffs' Association objected.

Ryan Radia, associate director of technology studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a coalition member, called Lofgren's bill a "superb piece of legislation that would ensure Fourth Amendment protections remain meaningful in the information age."

Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel at the ACLU in Washington, D.C., says that the bill's requirements are modest, especially because one appeals court has already ruled that search warrants are required for e-mail. "We think law enforcement can live with it," Calabrese said.

Lofgren also introduced what she called the Global Free Internet Act of 2012, which would create a federal committee that would review policies enacted by the U.S. or foreign governments that "impede the free flow of information on the Internet."



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said by FF4m3 :

New bill introduced today that would require warrants, but history says it won't pass.:

said by CNet - September 25, 2012 :

... The U.S. Department of Justice ... previously warned that requiring warrants for e-mail could have an "adverse impact" on investigations. And tougher legal standards for location data, the department claims, would hinder "the government's ability to obtain important information in investigations of serious crimes."...

Just as not having a warrant to search a suspect's house could have an "adverse impact" on investigations. For that matter, any Constitutional protection of citizen rights could be argued to have "adverse impacts". Sorry, DoJ, but that dog just won't hunt!
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