Email Security Act

The Daily SignalAt issue is the 1986 Electronic Communications Act. Passed by Congress before most Americans went online, that law considers emails older than 180 days abandoned and makes them subject to search. To access those emails, government agencies don’t need a warrant. They only need to ask for the messages from Internet service providers.

Note that "asking" doesn't involve a warrant or even the paper-thin veneer of a National Security Letter. All it requires is a phone call, assuming you haven't deleted your messages from the server. And why would you? Email clients often leave them on the server by default.

After the latest round of attacks in Brussels, I would be very surprised if even modest improvements like this legislation don't get quietly shelved somewhere out of the way for a while.

The only way we are going to regain our privacy is to stop asking permission for it. Encrypt everything.

This entry was published Fri Mar 25 12:19:16 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2016-03-25 12:19:16.0. [Tweet]

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