Holder Supports Requiring Warrants to Access Emails

Presumably with plenty of abuseable exceptions


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.