Senate Bill Lets Feds Read Your Email and Other Private Online Material Without a Warrant

So who cares about the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. I mean, how passe can you get? Privacy and respect for the dignity of the average American citizen? Please.

If you’re so concerned about privacy, just don’t ever use email, or Facebook, or Google Docs, or Twitter, or online banking, or anything which is connected in any way to the Internet. Shouldn’t be a problem.

Anyway, the only people who would object to the police being able to rifle through their email are probably criminals anyway. If you’ve got nothing to hide, so what if law enforcement completely violates your personal space online without a warrant? If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear.

(From CNET)

Leahy’s rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies — including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission — to access Americans’ e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge…

Leahy had planned a vote on an earlier version of his bill, designed to update a pair of 1980s-vintage surveillance laws, in late September. But after law enforcement groups including the National District Attorneys’ Association and the National Sheriffs’ Association organizations objected to the legislation and asked him to “reconsider acting” on it, Leahy pushed back the vote and reworked the bill as a package of amendments to be offered next Thursday. The package (PDF) is a substitute for H.R. 2471, which the House of Representatives already has approved.

One person participating in Capitol Hill meetings on this topic told CNET that Justice Department officials have expressed their displeasure about Leahy’s original bill.

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