The government is demanding you to preserve your emails for a month as part of its attempt to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
This is despite the fact that, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about half of Americans do not have any emails, and about two-thirds of people are concerned that this may increase their risk of developing the virus.
This is because email is one of the few ways that people can keep in touch with one another without relying on public services like public wifi, and is also the only way for those who are in a serious financial need to make money.
The government has been trying to get you to encrypt your emails, but as the BBC reported, many people are still reluctant to do so because they feel it is not a practical option.
The government also wants you to store your messages on a third-party server, and in the case of those who don’t have a Gmail account, the government will ask them to log in with a government-issued password.
It is not the first time that the government has made a request to keep people’s emails private.
In the wake of the 2012 pandemic, the US government started requiring that you keep all your emails on a public server that would be accessible to the public, and then used these emails to collect information about the public.
This led to many people turning to encrypted messaging apps, such as Signal.