Keeping e-mail private

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Washington Post
  • Updated: November 29, 2012 - 12:34 PM

Americans should get behind a Vermont senator's effort to make it tougher for law enforcement to snoop into people's e-mail.

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tcatheartNov. 29, 1212:43 PM

I could not agree more with the letter writer. An email, typed, sent, and stored on my, or someone else's, computer is no different than a paper copy of "snail mail" sitting on my desk. The police ABSOLUTELY should need probably cause and a search warrant for either.

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dognbatochNov. 29, 1212:52 PM

I could not agree more with the letter writer exept that email is not very secure, can be read at rest or in transit by almost any low level hacker that wants to spy on you. So if any street idiot can see your email why should we restrict the cops from seeing your email?

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swmnguyNov. 29, 12 1:03 PM

Somebody can come fish a letter or check out of your mailbox a lot more easily than they can hack your e-mail. And they do. But it's a Federal felony with serious consequences if they get caught. It should be the same for e-communications. It's merely an oversight that it isn't; that's clearly the intent of Congress; but it's very advantageous to certain elements to keep it the way it is.

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elind56Nov. 29, 12 1:03 PM

This should be a no-brainer. The purpose of the Constitution has been to restrain the government, so that it cannot do to us what the king and his soldiers did to our forbearers; and everyone in the Congress has taken a public oath to uphold the Constitution. Is the warrant requirement an obstacle to law enforcement? Of course it is, and it is a good one, one that is guaranteed by the Constitution, and one that respects the natural right to be left alone. Without the warrant requirement, we will soon become like the old East Germany, where crime was low because the police could break down any door, seize any document, and arrest any person on a whim. Who would want to live in such a society?

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elind56Nov. 29, 12 1:09 PM

dognbatoch said: "So if any street idiot can see your email why should we restrict the cops from seeing your email?"--------------------------------Your reasoning baffles me.

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parksoy125Nov. 29, 12 1:18 PM

It's been going on for about 10 years now. Every single digital "thing" entered into your computer from any website or email is stored. The biggest issue other than the obvious (privacy) is that you can be "positioned" into crimes by picking a select few comments you made to show a pattern while neglecting all other email communications. So if somebody (politician, CEO guy) wants you bad enough to put you away they can do it. Given they have that much pull/money.

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medvezhonokNov. 29, 12 1:54 PM

Big Brother is here to stay. Once they allowed the Patriot Act to pass under Bush it was the start of the dismantling of the United States Constitution and what it stands for. First eavesdropping on your phone calls as if everyone is a terrorist, and now they want to be able to eavesdrop on your emails. another dismantling of the constitution and right to free unobstructed speech

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stpaulisbestNov. 29, 12 3:52 PM

This wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that a white Republican male CIA Director recently got caught having an affair because his emails were available to be read, would it?

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worldcitizenNov. 30, 12 8:57 AM

Mail, IP, and MAC address can all be hidden from hackers. Searching 'spoof' is a place to start.

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