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Senators want warrant protections for US email stored overseas

Grant Gross | May 27, 2016
The new legislation would require law enforcement agencies to get court approval before gaining access to the documents of U.S. residents stored elsewhere.

Under U.S. law, police need warrants to get their hands on paper files in a suspect's home or office and on electronic files stored on his computer or in the cloud for less than 180 days. But under ECPA, police agencies need only a subpoena, not reviewed by a judge, to demand files stored in the cloud or with other third-party providers for longer than 180 days.

The House of Representatives passed a similar bill in a unanimous vote in April, but some senators said they have concerns about the scope of the Senate bill


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