A lot has changed since the days when Edward Snowden blew the whistle about the government's spying practices. Back then, he took a lot of flak for "exposing" the information, but now privacy is a huge concern for us all. And, finally, the government seems to be leaning toward our side.
It's considering passing an Email Privacy Act that would require law enforcement officials to obtain a search warrant before demanding that tech companies, like Google, Apple and Facebook, provide access to emails and other private communications.
With a 28-0 vote by the House Judiciary Committee, the bill moved through the House of Representatives this past Wednesday with unanimous support. However, there is still more to be done before it's passed into law.
Right now, to gain access to private information on an individual's phone, tablet or computer, law enforcement officials can request a subpoena or court order to demand the cooperation of tech companies. This became very public during the Apple vs. FBI debacle that filled news headlines for weeks on end. And even though that battle ended in a stand-down, it still brought to light the main issue at hand. That is, should the government be able to demand that tech companies give them a back door to access our private communications?
If the Email Privacy Act is officially passed into law, it would be a major step in the right direction. But, do you think it will ever happen? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.