The fight to keep the federal government out of your email

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(From The Washington Examiner)

Federal agencies might finally lose the power to read the emails of American citizens without a warrant, if congressional lawmakers can push a ban of the practice across the finish line.

“The government’s position has been that digital information stored online is abandoned by the account holders and therefore searchable and seizable by our government, like trash put out by the street,” Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., told the Washington Examiner. “And we know that not to be the case in terms of how Americans use email.”

Yoder was one of two House Republicans to introduce the Email Privacy Act in 2013, which requires federal officials to obtain a warrant before searching email accounts even when the emails are more than six months old.

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