U.S. Action Alert: Time To Call Your Senator

A bill that started off in the right direction by requiring warrants to read your email or on-line documents has gone horribly wrong, and now would allow no less than 22 federal agencies the right to read your email without a warrant. 

From CNET's coverage:

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.

I've called my Senators, and you should call yours, too.

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

As always, the views expressed here are my own, and not of any employer, past, present or future.

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