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Governor Perry Signs Email Privacy Bill

June 18, 2013

Last Friday Governor Perry signed into law HB 2268 a bill that we amended this session to include strong email privacy protections. In fact, is now calling the new Texas law the “strongest email privacy protections in the U.S.A.

Because of the overwhelming support the bill received in the House and Senate it is effective immediately. Before this landmark legislation state and local officials had the ability to read your emails without a warrant if the email had been opened or had sat unopened in your inbox for longer than 180 days. That just didn’t make sense.

For me personally this legislation has to be at the top of our first session accomplishments. Your privacy matters and now current law backs that up. Texas now leads the nation on this topic and our prayer is it will send a message to the rest of the states and eventually Washington DC.

Here is a roundup of some of the coverage the new law has received:

ArsTechnica: Texas becomes first state to require warrant for e-mail snooping

FWST: Texas freshman legislator set a standard on privacy law

Culturemap Austin: Texas to Feds: Come and take it (our digital data!)

Austin Business Journal: Texas email privacy bill turns heads

Computer World: In Texas, cops will soon need a warrant to read your email 

Government Technology: Will Texas pass nation’s strongest email privacy bill? Texas could set new standard on email privacy laws 

Fierce Homeland Security: Texas legislature passes bill requiring warrants for email searches 

Mashable: Texas police may soon need warrants to read emails

Daily Tech: Texas seeks to become first state with strong email privacy protections 

Law360: Texas email privacy bill could prod states, feds