If this law passes, cops may finally need a warrant to read your Gmail

Cyrus Farivar at Ars Technica: "Right now, if the cops want to read my e-mail, it’s pretty trivial for them to do so. All they have to do is ask my online e-mail provider. But a new bill set to be introduced Thursday in the Senate Judiciary Committee by its chair, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), seems to stand the best chance of finally changing that situation and giving e-mail stored on remote servers the same privacy protections as e-mail stored on one's home computer."


  1. I assume as it works now your provider is giving them a copy of what is in your account?  I wonder this because I have Google setup with the 2 step verification via text message…wonder how that’d work otherwise.

  2. You keep on hearing about all of these different laws being passed which tackle privacy. This one would be a step in the right direction. 

  3. I will never believe that my data stored on remote servers will ever be other than totally transparent to the big intelligence agencies.

  4. Sadly, even if it makes it out of the Senate, it will die on-arrival in the House, largely because it’s a Democrat-originated bill. And, it’s an election year. Such is the state of Congress.

  5. The warrant will just slow them down a tad. Most judges seem bent on approving every warrant they can. It ought to be a rule anymore: Don’t use digital technology to communicate sensitive information.

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