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House Subcommittee To Examine ECPA Update

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 23, 2010

A House Judiciary subcommittee will examine on Thursday how location-based services are being used by law enforcement agencies to compile data on cellphone users, The Washington Post reports. The Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties' will take its second look at the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986. The subcommittee wants to determine whether the law should be updated in order to account for new technologies. Some Internet and software companies argue that law enforcement authorities routinely request information on users, increasing the possibility of privacy-rights violations, the report states.  (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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