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Coalition Calls for ECPA Overhaul

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 24, 2010

A coalition of companies and advocacy groups is calling for an overhaul of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), arguing that the law is outdated given the proliferation of cloud computing and mobile devices, Internet.com reports. The Digital Due Process coalition briefed congressional staff on Capitol Hill Friday. Its members want the 1986 law revised to require law enforcement to demonstrate probable cause and obtain a search warrant before gaining access to information covered under ECPA, among other updates and improvements. Earlier this month, a House Judiciary Committee subcommittee held a hearing on the issue, and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has said he plans to hold another hearing this year.
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