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Lawmakers to Hold Hearings on ECPA Reform

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

March 31, 2010

The House Judiciary Committee has announced it will hold hearings this spring in consideration of reforms to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA). The Washington Post reports that House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and Robert Scott (D-VA) have called for hearings on privacy reforms in the wake of a request by a coalition of industry leaders including Google, Microsoft and AT&T and privacy advocates. The group, which calls itself the Digital Due Process coalition, has asked Congress to strengthen online privacy laws to protect digital personal information from government access. "As technology moves forward," Conyers said, "it is clearly necessary for industry, as well as all Americans, to adjust and clarify the law." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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