By Alex Fitzpatrick
WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced a bill Tuesday that would require law enforcement to obtain a warrant before getting access to citizens' emails and other electronic communications.
The bill comes as an amendment to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or ECPA, a 1986 law which many critics argue needs a refresh for the modern technological era. ECPA currently requires police to get a warrant only for emails and other digital communications older than 180 days (or younger if the message has been opened, the Department of Justice has argued).
Senators introduce bill requiring police to get warrant for emails