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Opinion: Business Practices Must Be Considered in ECPA Changes

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 14, 2010

When it comes to updating the 24-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), Congress needs to look not only at new technology but also at the way business practices have changed. That is the message Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Director Marc Rotenberg shares in response to a recent editorial on the need for updates to the federal law. While the need is there to address changes in technology, he writes in a letter to the New York Times, "Equally important are the dramatic changes in business practices. Companies now gather and use personal information in ways that the Congress that drafted the 1986 law could not have imagined."(Registration may be required to access this story.)
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