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According to the chairman of a key Senate committee, the cybersecurity bill passed by the House is “important” but its privacy protections are “insufficient.”
Sen. Patrick Leahy has abandoned his controversial proposal that would grant government agencies more surveillance power, including warrantless access to Americans’ e-mail accounts, than they possess under current law.
The Vermont Democrat said today on Twitter that he would “not support such an exception” for warrantless access. The remarks came a few hours after a CNET article this morning that disclosed the existence of the measure.
Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans’ e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files.
Under the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, federal authorities need only a subpoena approved by a federal prosecutor — not a judge — to obtain electronic messages that are six months old or older. To get more recent communications, a warrant from a judge is required. This is a higher standard that requires proof of probable cause that a crime is being committed.
Source: The Huffington Post
Why do you think 1234567 is so much less popular than 123456 and 12345678?
Three companies have warned users in the last 24 hours that their customers’ passwords appear to be floating around on the Internet, including on a Russian forum where hackers boasted about cracking them. I suspect more companies will follow suit. Curious about what this all means to you?