Feb 6, 2017

House clears an email privacy bill tech loves

The House of Representatives cleared a bill that requires law enforcement to get a warrant for digital communications that are older than 180 days. It passed Monday by voice vote. It's a priority for privacy advocates and the tech industry.

What's next: The Senate, where the bill has had a rockier time in the past. Lawmakers tried to attach an amendment in the last Congress that bill supporters say would expand surveillance powers. "The Senate now has a historic opportunity to shepherd this landmark reform toward enactment," Google's Richard Salgado wrote Monday night in a blog post. "While there are disagreements about other aspects of surveillance reform, there is no disagreement that emails and electronic content deserve Fourth Amendment protections."

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