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Posted: 11/20/2012 6:59:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 11/20/2012 7:00:17 AM EDT by Jakezor]
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57552225-38/senate-bill-rewrite-lets-feds-read-your-e-mail-without-warrants/

While the initial version seemed to be good for citizens, this rewrite caves to LE and federal agencies and gives:
(copied a short bit from the Cnet article)

Originally Posted By Cnet
Revised bill highlights
✭ Grants warrantless access to Americans' electronic correspondence to over 22 federal agencies. Only a subpoena is required, not a search warrant signed by a judge based on probable cause.
✭ Permits state and local law enforcement to warrantlessly access Americans' correspondence stored on systems not offered "to the public," including university networks.
✭ Authorizes any law enforcement agency to access accounts without a warrant –– or subsequent court review –– if they claim "emergency" situations exist.
✭ Says providers "shall notify" law enforcement in advance of any plans to tell their customers that they've been the target of a warrant, order, or subpoena.
✭ Delays notification of customers whose accounts have been accessed from 3 days to "10 business days." This notification can be postponed by up to 360 days.


Here is the full bill text: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:s.01011:
Note this:  SEC. 3. ELIMINATION OF 180-DAY RULE AND SEARCH WARRANT REQUIREMENT; REQUIRED DISCLOSURE OF CUSTOMER RECORDS.


Here is a quick and dirty letter that I sent to my Senators, I don't mind if anyone copy/pastes this, just make sure you fill in your Senator's name and your own name at the bottom.

Subj:  Please oppose Sen. Leahy's rewrite of his ECPAA act

Sen. ––––––,
It has come to my attention that Sen. Patrick Leahy has rewritten his ECPAA bill to allow government agencies more access into citizen's private communications without any judicial oversight.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57552225-38/senate-bill-rewrite-lets-feds-read-your-e-mail-without-warrants/

As an advocate for the public, please oppose this drastic rewrite as it fails all private citizens.

Jakezor
Link Posted: 11/20/2012 7:41:09 AM EDT
I didn't search well enough this morning:  http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_1_5/1393174_Senate_bill_rewrite_lets_feds_read_your_e_mail_without_warrants.html

This can be locked as a dupe.
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