Texas on Verge of Enacting Strongest E-Mail Privacy Protections in Country

Don't mess with Texas e-mails


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Don't mess with Texas e-mails.

From Ars Technica:

Assuming that Texas Governor Rick Perry does not veto it, the Lone Star State appears set to enact the nation's strongest e-mail privacy bill. The proposed legislation requiresFin state law enforcement agencies to get a warrant for all e-mails regardless of the age of the e-mail.

On Tuesday, the Texas bill (HB 2268) was sent to Gov. Perry's desk, and he has until June 16, 2013 to sign it or veto it. If he does neither, it will pass automatically and take effect on September 1, 2013. The bill would give Texans more privacy over their inbox to shield against state-level snooping, but the bill would not protect against federal investigations. The bill passed both houses of the state legislature earlier this year without a single "nay" vote.

What state might be next? And will statists elsewhere push legislation making it easier to snoop on e-mails?

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