judgeless subpeonas

Fitzgibbons: Email Privacy Act No Protection Against Judgeless Subpoenas

In a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees constitutional lawyer Mark J. Fitzgibbons explains why the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) and the ECPA Amendments Act (S. 356) come up way short on protecting privacy.  While purporting to require warrants to obtain emails, these bills exempt federal and state agencies that issue judge-less administrative subpoenas to obtain private emails and content from individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations, meaning an alphabet soup of agencies can simply write themselves a free pass to look at your email and other data.