Advice from Middle Aged Female Tech
Hollyecho Montgomery -
Women's Computer Consulting
I have been in the industry with my own company since 1994. The entire time I have worked in this field there have been very few times any two techs ever agree completely. The advice I give here is based on my experiences, testing, and what I know works.
Today’s Subject: Can the Feds Read Your Email
You might be shocked to learn that there's very little to prevent government snoops from peeking into your email. But a U.S. Senate committee has just approved greater protection against surreptitious and warrantless searches of people’s electronic communications. Here's what you need to know about email privacy...
New Protections for Online Privacy on the Horizon
Currently, the ECPA allows "warrantless demands" for electronic communications (email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
Email Privacy Laws
That's not to say that anyone in government or law enforcement can simply take a peek into your email at any time. But most people think the Feds have more power than they should here. The situation now is this: a federal prosecutor need only issue a subpoena to a
The first is the infamous “National Security Letter,” an administrative subpoena authorized by the PATRIOT Act. A service provider who receives a NSL is prohibited from informing the affected user(s) that it is turning over records to the government, or even disclosing to anyone that it has received a NSL. A federal judge found NSLs to be unconstitutional prior restraint of speech in March 2013, but it remains to be seen whether that ruling will survive appeal.
The second exception allows delay of notification beyond ten days if it is necessary to avoid tipping off the subject of an investigation.
We're Not Quite There, Yet...
A third potential dilution, confusion, or potential outright nullification, of the
–the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act that's currently under consideration. It contains a provision that makes it enforceable “notwithstanding any other provision of law.” CISPA ostensibly allows private businesses to share information about customers’ online activities and communications with each other and the government for the purpose of defeating or preventing hacker attacks. CISPA has been sent back to committee for revisions to provide more privacy protection. It appears dead for now, but could still be
Here's the bottom line: Right now, a federal prosecutor can issue a subpoena to pry into any email you've already opened, or any unopened emails that are at least 6 months old. The
If the bill makes it through the full Senate, is approved by the House, and signed by the President it will be a tenuous victory for privacy, with a few loopholes. If you're not a criminal or a terrorist, the Feds can no longer access your email without a judge's approval. Let's hope that happens soon.
Article based from Ask Bob Rankin – http://askbobrankin.com
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