New submitter DJ Jones sent in good news in the attempts to update privacy rights for stored electronic communication
. From the article: "The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would strengthen privacy protection for e-mails by requiring law enforcement officials to obtain a warrant from a judge in most cases before gaining access to messages in individual accounts stored electronically. The bill is not expected to make it through Congress this year and will be the subject of negotiations next year with the Republican-led House."
The EFF seems pretty happy
with the proposed changes, but notes that the bill also
reduces the protections of the Video Privacy Protection Act
in order to allow Netflix et al to sell your viewing history.