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Senate committee advances email privacy bill

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Sen. Patrick Leahy Sen. Patrick Leahy
WASHINGTON -

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced a bill that would require police to get a search warrant before reading someone's email.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, authored the bill to extend privacy rights to online content.

Under current law, investigators only need to obtain a subpoena to look at email. This bill would require police to prove to a judge they have probable cause to access the material.

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