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NACDL News: Warrant Requirement Included in Electronic Communications Bill
By Ivan J. Dominguez and Isaac Kramer
NACDL News columns.
Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) on March 19 introduced the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2013 (S. 607), which would require law enforcement officers to obtain a warrant before they can access the content of electronic communications such as email, a requirement supported by NACDL. Last year, the Senate Judiciary Committee overwhelmingly passed the warrant for content requirement after much support from the civil liberties and privacy communities, only for the measure to die in the last Congress. Additionally, in a letter organized by NACDL, over 30 former prosecutors and judges came together in support of the bill.