Calif. Governor Vetoes Email Privacy Bill

Law360, New York (October 15, 2013, 7:04 PM EDT) -- California Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday vetoed a bill that would have required law enforcement officials to obtain a search warrant before accessing electronic communications stored by service providers, marking the third straight year that he has shot down a measure to tighten electronic privacy protections.

Under the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act, law enforcement officials only need a warrant based on probable cause for emails and other electronic communications that are unopened or stored on a provider’s server for less than 180 days. California lawmakers...
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