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Time to extend privacy protections to electronic mail

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

When you hear the word “mail,” do you think of what you read online or of what the U.S. Postal Service delivers? If you’re like most Americans, you’re more likely to communicate via email than to sit down and write snail mail.

But hackers can break into personal email accounts – and so can law enforcement. Investigators who want to read traditional correspondence must get a search warrant; for email at least 180 days old, police need only subpoena Internet service providers.

Subpoenas are easy to come by. Getting one requires only

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