Senators introduce bill requiring police to get warrant for emails
The bill comes as an amendment to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act
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).