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Years after Google first began raising concerns about the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the tech titan's efforts to get Congress to care might be bearing fruit.
Microsoft had sought to prevent the Justice Department from obtaining emails in Ireland without first getting the country's consent.
New legislation is necessary to prevent discrimination and protect civil rights, says review panel commissioned by President Obama.
Tech companies and privacy advocates have dubbed February 11 a "worldwide day of activism" to speak out against the NSA's surveillance and mass data collection.
Requests from governments worldwide for user information have more than doubled since three years ago. Worse still, says Google, is what the US won't let us tell you.
Vagaries of federal surveillance law, enacted in 1968 and updated in 1986, favor lots of e-mail snooping over only a little.
The U.S. attorney general supports changes to existing e-mail and online storage snooping laws, which are currently under scrutiny in the House.
Democratic Sen. Mark Udall says the Justice Department should not allow FBI agents to peruse Americans' private communications without obtaining a search warrant from a judge.
An FBI investigation manual updated last year, obtained by the ACLU, says it's possible to warrantlessly obtain Americans' e-mail "without running afoul" of the Fourth Amendment.
They're among a number of companies that disappoint with their privacy practices, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation -- which likes what it sees from Twitter and others.