/// Tech Companies Want Warrants for User Data Access
Google, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and more than 50 other tech companies and industry organizations have come out in favor of a bill that would require government agencies to obtain a warrant to ask for access to electronic communications records or personal content stored in the cloud. Image copyright Nataly Bannykh They’ve responded to the Securities and Exchange Commission request for an exception to the proposed law because it doesn’t have the authority to ask for warrants. The companies said in a letter distributed in the U.S. Senate on Friday that they’d prefer that government agencies go directly to the people and companies they are investigating rather than to Internet service providers. As is already required for real-time electronic wiretapping, they’d like to see probable cause before government agencies can pull older online records.