Your Emails Are Safest in Texas—Sort of

While it remains rather easy for federal investigators to access older emails throughout the country, including Texas, Governor Rick Perry signed into law a tougher privacy bill last week that will make it more difficult for state law enforcement. Under the Electronic Communication Privacy Act of 1986, emails that have already been opened or have been held on a server for six months or longer can be accessed by federal investigators with no more than a subpoena. Now, at least local law enforcement officials will need a warrant to receive access to those emails, no matter how old they are. While it does not change the standard for federal investigators, it is the “toughest” protection of any state in the U.S.

Sources: http://rt.com/usa/privacy-state-texas-law-894/ http://www.webpronews.com/texas-kind-of-protects-your-email-privacy-with-new-law-2013-06

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