Holder: Email Searches Need a Warrant

    Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation's top law enforcement official, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 15, 2013, before the House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte,R-Va., wants to know more about the unwarranted targeting of Tea Party and other conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service and the Justice Department's secret seizure of telephone records at The Associated Press.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    A.G. Holder on Capitol Hill on May 15. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

    During a grilling by the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee over the suddenly-long list of controversies surrounding the Obama administration, Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed that he supports requiring that the government and law enforcement obtain a warrant to access emails, Facebook messages, and other private Internet correspondence. Privacy advocates have been urging Congress to consider updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act since it became clear that the 1986 law granting the government access to opened emails via a non-judge-approved subpoena is horribly outdated. Holder’s comment that revamping the law “is something that I think the department will support,” is the first real indication that Congress might actually make a change.

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