While not a remedy for the NSA’s broad surveillance of Americans, Texans can at least take some comfort in knowing that state and local enforcement officials are now prohibited from rummaging around their e-mail without a warrant:
Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) signed HB2268 into law June 14, preventing all state and local law enforcement from rummaging through Texans’ email inboxes without a warrant.
The ground-breaking legislation gives Texas residents more privacy over their e-mails than anywhere else in the U.S.
Pushback against law enforcement snooping came after 29-year-old state Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-92), who represents an area between Dallas and Ft. Worth, added an amendment to the Texas House bill barring authorities from unwarranted email searches.
“Because of the overwhelming support the bill received in the House and Senate it is effective immediately. Before this landmark legislation, state and local officials had the ability to read your emails without a warrant if the email had been opened or had sat unopened in your inbox for longer than 180 days. That just didn’t make sense,” Stickland told Russia Today.
This law obviously has no impact on federal law or law enforcement agencies. That’s been an issue raised recently in Congress, and it could get a look due to the recent revelations about the NSA’s surveillance of Americans.