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House Subcommittee Hears Call for ECPA Updates

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

June 25, 2010

At a hearing yesterday, the House Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties heard arguments for updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), The Hill reports. Witnesses at the hearing stressed that the law is out of date and fails to protect the privacy of citizens' digital communications. "The time is ripe for congress to set forth clear and sustainable ground rules that balance user expectations and law enforcement needs," said attorney Marc Zwillinger. Zwillinger said that in terms of location data, "ECPA's statutory framework is profoundly unsatisfying."
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