wiredmikey writes "A US Senate panel approved a bill to boost email privacy protections on Thursday. The privacy measure, if enacted, would force police to obtain a warrant (in most cases) to access email accounts. The approval follows widespread uproar over the FBI probe that toppled CIA director David Petraeus.
The proposal had been pending for some time but garnered increased attention after the resignation of Petraeus earlier this month due to an extramarital affair exposed by a search of his email records.
Gregory Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology said the measure "keeps the government from turning cloud providers into a one-stop convenience store for government investigators and requires government investigators to do for online communications what they already do in the offline world: Get a warrant.""
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