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Senate Committee Discussing ECPA Today

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

September 23, 2010

Changes to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) will be a priority for the Senate Judiciary Committee, PCWorld reports, with a hearing scheduled for today. The 24-year-old law on how law enforcement agencies can obtain electronic records needs to be updated to address modern technology and privacy expectations, said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), noting, "The content of a single e-mail could be subject to as many as four different levels of privacy protections under ECPA...There are also no clear standards under that law for how and under what circumstances the government can access cell phone or other mobile location information when investigating crime or national security matters."
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