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lamei | 14th Mar 2013 | 一般 | (1 Reads)
In prepared testimony Assistant Attorney General Elana Tyrangiel acknowledged that there were cases in which the government should be required to get a warrant before accessing the content of, for example, stored emails. But at the same time she pushed for wide exceptions to that rule for civil litigators, opening up the possibility that if the law were updated per the DoJ’s wishes, regulatory authorities and civil litigators would be able to gain more access than ever to your emails, Twitter direct messages, and Facebook communications without ever having to go before a judge.

The House Judiciary Committee is chaired by Jim Sensenbrenner, a conservative Republican unlikely to ever give any Obama administration representative the benefit of the doubt.

But the issue of privacy is one of the few domains in which bipartisan agreement is possible. However, as far as I could tell from the live-tweeting of the hearing provided by EFF, Tyrangiel did little to make the government’s case for greater snooping powers.