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Petraeus Investigation Highlights Fight Over Digital Surveillance Laws

Privacy advocates and many Internet companies say the bar for obtaining private electronic information is far too low. “The government can compel the handover of e-mail stored at a ‘remote computing service’ with a so-called ‘D order’ without showing probable cause,” according to an explanation of digital privacy laws by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “Nor does the government need a warrant if an e-mail message is older than 180 days. This low threshold to electronic messages is in stark contrast to the Fourth Amendment protections for physical letters.”

Monday, November 12, 2012
National Journal

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