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False advertising for email privacy legislation

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Esq., The Washington Examiner

Reading H.R. 699, "The Email Privacy Act"  — bill reading being a lost art on Capitol Hill — shows that it expressly exempts "the authority of a governmental entity to use an administrative subpoena authorized under a Federal or State statute" to obtain emails directly from individuals and businesses, meaning government bureaucrats may continue to bypass the judicial process — and the Fourth Amendment — to obtain emails without probable cause of a crime, just not from third-party Internet service providers.