This bill would completely shred the 4th Amendment when it comes to any documents, data, or files of any kind that is stored online. Private FB and Twitter posts,
Just for your everyone's info, the bill in question is HR 2471, which the Senate Judiciary Committee has re-written to include vastly expanded powers for 22 different law enforcement agencies. It's downright scary in it's revised form.
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* 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.
- Rob Tyree
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