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Companies Call for ECPA Overhaul

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 27, 2010

Bloomberg reports on the call for an overhaul of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to improve privacy while benefitting such services as cloud computing. When it comes to cloud computing, "the law needs to catch up," Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, said after a congressional hearing on ECPA last week. Technology companies and law enforcement officials shared differing perspectives on the next step for the law, which was first enacted in 1986. As Michael Hintze of Microsoft Corporation put it, the principal force driving the need for online privacy reform is a "mismatch between these new computing technologies" and the provisions for privacy protection in ECPA.
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