The Internet offers users such diversity; it’s hard to measure the real value of it. Awareness is probably the main asset we receive from it. I mean seriously, I’m not sure how much more aware you can really get if you are anything like Dan Newlin where Twitter is the vein of life. but there are many more to list. The Internet offers the same awareness to the government, and we may not like the awareness they get from it.
A communication law was passed back in 1986, and it extends the Fourth Amendment protection on emails and text messages, but that protection has an expiration date thanks to this law.
If you like to keep old emails, you might want to reconsider. The “180-day rule” might bite you where the sun don’t shine if there’s information in them that could incriminate you in some way. If your emails are kept on a remote server like the cloud, they are fair game for government scrutiny.
Back in 1986 most people didn’t have an email account, so The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 slipped under the public’s radar. Some lawmakers are trying to update the law. Most people feel that’s an excellent idea.