Search and Seizure

Leahy Promises To Keep Warrantless Email Access Out of Bill

He got caught and knows we're watching


Stripped of its controversial provision for warrantless e-mail acccess, Sen. Patrick Leahy's bill to rewrite electronic privacy and surveillance law will head for a vote on Thursday.

The Vermont Democrat confirmed in a press release yesterday that his latest amendments to the bill will not include language that would have allowed more than 22 agencies -- including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission -- to access Americans' private e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant.