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Calls for ECPA Changes Continue

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 2, 2010

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has announced he plans to hold hearings on what he described as "much-needed updates" to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA), InformationWeek reports. The House Judiciary Committee has also confirmed it will hold ECPA hearings this spring. The announcements have come in the midst of requests by Digital Due Process, a coalition of technological leaders and privacy advocates, to address issues of law enforcement and privacy rights. "While the question of how best to balance privacy and security in the twenty-first century has no simple answer, what is clear is that our federal electronic privacy laws are woefully outdated," Leahy said.
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