http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/05/unprecedented-e-mail-privacy-bill-sent-to-texas-governors-desk/ \tNudging WashingtonAs if the ECPA wasn't complicated enough, one United States circuit court of appeals decided that federal authorities do need a warrant before accessing e-mail. The case, known as United States v. Warshak, has created a split as other circuits, including the United States Supreme Court, haven't yet taken up the issue. (Google has since taken the public stance that it will follow the Warshak standard.) Previously, Texas state law had language mirroring ECPA's existing 180-day requirement. Of course, ECPA remains federal law of the land in Texas and in all the other 49 states. But civil libertarians and legal experts hope that this may spur Washington, DC into passing much-needed ECPA reform, which has languished for some time now. â€œPrivacy is a special thing in Texas-it goes to the core values of Texas,â€ said Chris Soghoian, a senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union. â€œIt's always good to see states passing pro-privacy legislation because it sends a signal to Congress. It sends a signal to conservative members who might not yet be on board that this is something being supported in their own states and it helps the courts to see that this is a safe space to venture into. When cities and states start protecting e-mail, then judges may feel like there is a reasonable expectation of privacy.â€ Hanni Fakhoury, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), agreed. â€œIt is the first state legislature I'm aware of to change the law this way,â€ he told Ars. â€œOther states are currently considering similar legislation, including California-where EFF sponsored SB 467 recently passed the Senate 33-1 and is now being considered in the Assembly." "It's significant proof that privacy reform is not only needed but also politically feasible with broad bipartisan support," Fakhoury said. "Hopefully that will impact federal ECPA reform efforts by getting people on both of sides of the political aisle to work together to make meaningful electronic privacy reform a reality. The more states that pass similar legislation, the more pressure it will put on Congress to keep up with the changing legal landscape.â€ </blockquote>Hopefully more states take Texas' lead and push similar bills through their House and Senate. If it wasn't for their draconian marriage and drug laws I think I'd actually consider moving to Texas.