SB 467: California's Email Privacy Bill

California State Senator Mark Leno has introduced important new legislation that protects email privacy. Senate Bill 467, sponsored by EFF, requires state law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant before asking service providers to hand over a private citizen's emails.

EFF has long been concerned with law enforcement claims that investigators do not need a search warrant under federal electronic privacy statutes to obtain any email that has been opened or has been stored on a server for 180 days. The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Policy recently announced it would support changes to federal law that would require a warrant in such cases. While this is a step in the right direction, updated state laws are still needed in order to protect consumers and the email services they use.

Unfortunately, on October 12, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the bill.

State: 

Stay in Touch

NSA Spying

EFF is leading the fight against the NSA's illegal mass surveillance program. Learn more about what the program is, how it works, and what you can do.

Follow EFF

Going to @DragonCon? Here are four types of surveillance tech that police are using in the Atlanta area. https://eff.org/r.a4yn

Sep 3 @ 8:20am

Federal Judge: NSA spying violated the constitutional rights of "tens of millions of people every single day.” https://eff.org/r.v7y7

Sep 2 @ 3:25pm

EFF & Bitcoin startups went to Sacramento to tell lawmakers: No on AB 1326. Join us! https://NoBitcoinLicense.org

Sep 2 @ 3:14pm
JavaScript license information