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Former DOJ Lawyers: ECPA Outdated

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 5, 2010

Former Department of Justice (DOJ) attorneys are among those calling for updates to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), stressing the 1986 law is out of date with new technologies, Main Justice reports. Several former DOJ lawyers, including Marc Zwillinger and Paul Ohm, are echoing concerns raised by Digital Due Process, a coalition of technological leaders and privacy advocates. Digital Due Process is asking Congress to revamp ECPA to address issues such as government access to e-mail and personal information stored on the Internet. Both Senate Judiciary Committee and House Judiciary Committee members have confirmed they will be holding hearings this spring to consider how to balance privacy and security concerns.
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