Federal law enforcement officers can continue reading Americans' emails without a warrant.
The U.S. Senate recently dropped an amendment that would have, for the first time, required federal law enforcement officers to obtain a warrant before monitoring email. Currently, the government does not need a warrant to read email and other data as long as it has been stored by a third party server for more than 180 days.
Just a month ago, the Senate Judiciary Committee had approved the email privacy amendment. It was attached to the Video Privacy Protection Act, which required video service providers like Netflix to let consumers choose to have their information posted on places like Facebook. Then late last week, the Senate opted to take up the House version, which did not contain the email privacy piece. The bill is now on its way to the White House for approval.
Chris Calabrese, the legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, told Wired he was unhappy that email privacy was not a priority.
"If Netflix is going to get an update to the privacy law, we think the American people should get an update to the privacy law," he said in the article.