Sounds like one of those ridiculous forwarded emails that can easily be debunked on Snopes.com or another site, right? Wrong. This legislation is being voted on in a lame duck Congress as early as next week. It would give nearly two dozen federal agencies unlimited access to your email without a warrant.
Yes, we normally stick to “economic freedom” issues here at Rio Grande Foundation, but this threat from power-hungry “representatives” in Washington is simply too big to ignore. Economic freedom requires a semblance of privacy and the ability to carry on business without government meddling and looking over our shoulders.
Bingaman’s DC phone number is: (202) 224-5521
Udall’s DC number is: (202) 224-6621
3 Replies to “US Senate to vote on bill giving federal government unlimited access to your email (without warrants)”
Yes, a subpoena and a warrant should be required. Show Cause must be required.
It is beyond understanding, how a bill can be reworded without accountability. My research show this bill originally dealt with videotaping services. It is overly vague and poorly worded.
H.R.2471 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 8, 2011 Mr. GOODLATTE (for himself, Mr. COBLE, Mr. SENSENBRENNER, and Ms. LINDA T. SANCHEZ of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
A BILL To amend section 2710 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that a video tape service provider may obtain a consumer’s informed, written consent on an ongoing basis and that consent may be obtained through the Internet.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. AMENDMENT.
Section 2710(b)(2) of title 18, United States Code, is amended by striking subparagraph (B) and inserting the following:
`(B) to any person with the informed, written consent (including through an electronic means using the Internet) of the consumer given at one or both of the following times:
`(i) The time the disclosure is sought.
`(ii) In advance for a set period of time or until consent is withdrawn by such consumer.’.
This is the same Senate that won’t vote on a budget. WAKE up America! Our rights are being taken away one after the other.