Email Privacy

FBI may be reading emails without a warrant

by Suzanne Choney , NBC News  |  published on May 8, 2013

The FBI and some U.S. Attorneys’ offices around the country may be reading emails without a warrant, according to documents obtained by the ACLU and made public Wednesday.

The documents “paint a troubling picture of the government’s email surveillance practices,” wrote Nathan Freed Wessler, attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, in a blog posting.

“Not only does the FBI claim it can read emails and other electronic communications without a warrant — even after a federal appeals court ruled that doing so violates the Fourth Amendment — but the documents strongly suggest that different U.S. Attorneys’ offices around the country are applying conflicting standards to access communications content,” he wrote.

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