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Google, Yahoo, Apple urge US govt to protect email privacy

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Reuters / Aly Song

Reuters / Aly Song

Dozens of tech giants, including Google, Yahoo, Apple, Facebook and Twitter, have written to the US government urging ‘to bring to the floor’ a bill which gives more privacy protection to their users’ emails and other information stored on their servers.

The companies want Email Privacy Act to be approved by the authorities. It was introduced May 2013 and is still waiting to be passed by the US bodies.

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The new bill “would make it clear that the warrant standard of the US Constitution applies to private digital information just as it applies to physical property,” say the companies in two letters to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The authors of the letter believe that the new bill would help the US companies who are “seeking to innovate and compete globally.”

Reuters / Pawel Kopczynski

Reuters / Pawel Kopczynski

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The letter states, “It would eliminate outdated discrepancies between the legal process for government access to data stored locally in one’s home or office and the process for the same data stored with third parties in the internet ‘cloud’.”

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