Friday, November 30, 2012
Government snooping email.
An email privacy measure granting you better privacy for your emails may be approved by Congress soon.
Present law allows the government to examine your email if it is on a third party server and it is older than 180 days. The government would still need a warrant to snoop through your email if is on your own hard drive.
Consumers are more often leaving their email on the cloud, so this privacy measure is overdue. If you wish to try to maintain some privacy, clean your old emails off third party servers.
Last year, Obama urged Congress not to adopt similar privacy legislation. The administration's stated purpose was the legislation would be an unnecessary burden on government efforts to investigate suspicious activities by individuals.
Obviously, we need this legislation now. Email your Senators and your Representative.