Fourth Amendment

Holder Concedes That Warrants Should Be Required To Access Email

Feeling a little pressure, Eric?


U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder supports privacy changes that would require the government to seek a warrant based on probable cause to obtain cloud-stored e-mail, and other documents and files stored in the cloud.

"But the more general notion of having a warrant to obtain the content of communications from a service provider is something that we support," Holder added, noting that citizen privacy and the government's ability to access such data is "one of the most important conversations" to be had in this day and age.

He stated that there were "very limited circumstances" in which there should be exemptions, such as in civil investigations.

Holder becomes highest ranking White House official to support such cloud-stored privacy protections.