Senate Approves Increased Email Privacy Legislation

The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would require police to obtain a search warrant from a judge before allowing a person’s email or other electronic communication to be reviewed. The bill makes it slightly more difficult for the government to access the content of a consumer’s emails and private files from Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and other sources. Under the current law, the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Ac, a warrant is needed only for emails less than 6 months old.