Online Protection From Searches

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PORTLAND, OR (AP) -- If the police want to check through your pockets, home or car, a search warrant is necessary.

But if authorities want to go nosing through your online correspondence, it's much easier.

That, in part, is because your emails, Facebook posts and other online communications go through a third party. And all authorities need to do in such cases is get permission from your favorite site or email provider.

That may change if a U.S. Senator gets his way.

Ron Wyden says he wants to update the rules by which intelligence agencies operate.

He also says he plans to roll out new legislation aimed at ending bulk electronic surveillance.

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