Warrants

Holder Supports Requiring Warrants to Access Emails

Presumably with plenty of abuseable exceptions

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Attorney General Eric Holder became the White House's highest ranking official to support sweeping privacy protections requiring the government, for the first time, to get a probable-cause warrant to obtain e-mail and other content stored in the cloud.

"It is something that I think the Department will support," Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee, when questioned about the Justice Department's position.

Last month, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a package that nullifies a provision of federal law allowing the authorities to acquire a suspect's e-mail or other stored content from an internet service provider without showing probable cause that a crime was committed if the content is 180 days or older.