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Posted: 11/20/2012 5:46:00 AM EST

A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans' e-mail 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' e-mail, is scheduled for next week.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:47:40 AM EST

cue the folks who will insist that "...they already can do that."

i find it funny congress spends so much time passing laws that do nothing.

Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:48:45 AM EST
duh, any e-mail is about the same as writing your message on a post card and sending it through the mail..
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:49:10 AM EST
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:49:47 AM EST
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:50:07 AM EST
Just one more justification for my small home server.
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 5:56:19 AM EST
Is there a user-friendly way to use PGP with e-mail? This "dummies guide" is far from simple: http://www.qdog.com/pgp/pgp_faq.html Until it is made very simple, only computer nerds will use it.
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