Texas Email Privacy Bill Could Prod States, Feds

By Allison Grande (May 29, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT) -- Texas lawmakers on Tuesday sent a bill to the governor that would raise the bar for government access to electronic communications by requiring warrants for all emails held by service providers, setting a precedent that could help propel long-running efforts to amend outdated electronic privacy protections on the state and federal level, attorneys say.

After unanimously passing both the Texas House and the Senate, H.B. 2268 was sent to Gov. Rick Perry, who will be given a chance to sign or veto the bill before June 16. If he does neither, the bill — which would establish the strongest email privacy...

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