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Senate committee votes to end warrantless e-mail searches (Updated) Update (April 25): The Leahy-Lee bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. The original story on this initiative appears below. If the police want to read copies of a snail-mail letter you've received, they generally need to get a warrant. But the situation is different for e-mail. Under the terms of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, e-mail older than six months is considered abandoned. Authorities can obtain copies of it with no judicial oversight. When Congress established this rule, modern cloud e-mail services were still far in the future. The need for reform has been obvious for years, but recent events have created a greater sense of urgency. Ars talked to Chris Calabrese, an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, about the privacy proposals Congress is considering. Right now, under the so-called third-party doctrine, "anything that's not a communication, like a Google Doc, is accessible with a subpoena."
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