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Fabio Cuffaro

Online Privacy Threatened

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I have never been a fan of cloud computing. It's extremely convenient since you can access your emails, documents and whatever else you'd like to store there from any device that has access to the internet. There's usually a price to pay for convenience. In this case it's privacy.

 

The U.S. Senate has rewritten a bill concerning email privacy and all online files. More than 22 federal agencies will be able to access your emails and online files without a warrant. The bill covers social networks too. They will be able to look at your Facebook wall and direct messages in Twitter. The senate will be voting on the revision

 

  • Grants warrantless access to Americans' electronic correspondence to over 22 federal agencies. Only a subpoena is required, not a search warrant signed by a judge based on probable cause.
  • Permits state and local law enforcment to warrantlessly access Americans' correspondence stored on systems not offered "to the public," including university networks.
  • Authorizes any law enforcement agency to access accounts without a warrant -- or subsequent court review -- if they claim "emergency" situations exist.
  • Says providers "shall notify" in advance of any plans to tell their customers that they've been the target of a warrant, order, or subpoena.
  • Delays notification of customers whose accounts have been accessed from 3 days to "10 business days." This notification can be postponed by up to 360 days.

 

You can read more about this here http://news.yahoo.com/senate-bill-rewrite-lets-feds-read-your-e-mail-without-warrants-191930756.html

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