Texas? Did you really say Texas? The state that leads the world in the number of executions - that Texas? Well, la-di-da, who would've ever thought the folks down there in the Lone Star State would be the first to stand up and protect our inboxes? Does this mean that the spirits of Ann Richards and Maury Maverick, Jr. are looking over the Texas legislators? Unless you live in Texas, your legal email rights are covered only by the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which was written back in 1986, but which has been amended several times, mostly around the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act. It requires a warrant only for mail that's been unopened for less than 180 days, after which only a subpoena is required. Opened email isn't covered at all.
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