How is it possible that government can access, without warrant, our most intimate 'soft' communications -- like emails older than 180 days out on a cloud server -- but not, say, a 'hard' letter lying around our houses?. As with so many significant privacy violations of late by government agencies — from the NSA to the IRS — it’s become clear that technology has far outpaced law. Federal laws meant to protect our Fourth Amendment right “to be secure in [our] persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable search and seizure” do not adequately cover Americans’ property online. Especially email. Under current statute, government agencies such as the IRS, DHS, SEC and many others are allowed to access emails and other private communications older than 180 days withoutobtaining a search warrant or demonstrating probable cause that a crime has been committed.