"Under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986, police only need a subpoena, issued without a judge's approval, to force Internet companies to turn over emails that have been opened, or that are more than 180 days old."
"Police" and who else?
"Leahy's bill would not affect the NSA programs, but it would curb the ability of local and federal law enforcement officials to access private online messages."
Keyword ECPA [FR mentioned in 2005. Only other link in 2011]:
Thanks for the info.