Google is stepping up its fight to change federal law to make it more difficult for law enforcement to gain access to emails and other content stored on cloud services without a search warrant.
The search giant, which says it gets about 1,400 requests a month from U.S. authorities for users’ emails and documents, wants content in the cloud to have the same legal protection as documents stored on a hard drive or in a filing cabinet.
Google, which has come under fire for its own treatment of people’s data, used the occasion of Data Privacy Day to rally support.
The issue gained public attention when government surveillance of Gen. David Petraeus’ email correspondence revealed an extramarital affair. The question many people asked at the time: If the director of the CIA cannot keep the FBI from rummaging through his private Gmail account, what digital privacy protections do ordinary citizens have?