FBI Says It Doesn’t Need a Warrant to Read Your Email

Considering Cloud storage.  Think it through before you do.  In a May 8, 2013 article published by ZdNet; According to a U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation guidance manual, the FBI is able read your emails, Facebook chats, Twitter messages and other private documents without the need for a search warrant.

The bureau insists this policy does not breach the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which protects citizens from “unreasonable searches and seizures.” Others aren’t so sure.

Government documents reviewed by CNET (a technology publisher) show that prosecutors and investigators at the U.S. Department of Justice believe they do not need a court ordered search warrant to access sensitive and private citizen data. Instead, a subpoena signed by a federal prosecutor can be enough to obtain nearly “all records from an ISP.”

The Justice Department’s move to issue subpoenas internally rather than taking the matter to a court appears to go against a 2010 ruling that compelled federal authorities and police to obtain search warrants before accessing Internet users’ email accounts.

The underlying argument is that the authorities believe they have this power, the Fourth Amendment notwithstanding, amid growing sentiments in Congress to change the law, to give email the same protected rights as a physical unopened letter.

This is a very fluid area of the law where different governing bureaus have different interpretations how they go about obtaining access to your data.  To read the full article click on the link.

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