In a rare display of bipartisanship the US House of Representatives has passed the Email Privacy Act(EPA) in a 419-0 vote.
Is this a fig leaf? Probably. Will this change much? Unlikely.The legislation updates the antiquated 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and closes an important privacy loophole. Under ECPA the police could examine any email that had been read or that was more than 180 days old with only a subpoena, whereas under the EPA they would need a warrant obtained from a judge.
But Congress knows that people are unhappy with police snooping. They know it to the degree that not a single vote was cast against this.
What hath NSA wrought ...