Government must obtain warrant for e-mails (unless government wants your e-mails)

S. 356, the Electronic Communications Act Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015, starts out well but ends badly.  S. 356 is purportedly written to cure a defect in existing law that government may access our e-mails that are 18 months or older without a warrant from a judge.  That's a little bit of bait and switch, though, since the bill authorizes government agencies to skip the requirement of going to a judge by unilaterally issuing judge-less warrants. The bill claims that it protects privacy, which is all well and good.  E-mails, though, are private property even if held in the cloud.  The Fourth Amendment expressly protects private property and requires government to show probable cause under oath and affirmation to a neutral judge before it may search or seize private property.  Our privacy is protected when government may not search or seize our private property without a judge-issued warrant, which may be issued only upon solid...(Read Full Post)