Thursday, February 12, 2015

Government wonders: What’s in your old emails?

"The federal government can read any emails that are more than six months old without a warrant. Little known to most Americans, ambiguous language in a communications law passed in 1986 extends Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure only to electronic communications sent or received fewer than 180 days ago. The language, known as the '180-day rule,' allows government officials to treat any emails, text messages or documents stored on remote servers -- popularly known as the cloud -- as 'abandoned' and therefore accessible using administrative subpoena power, a tactic that critics say circumvents due process."


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