Will Congress Tackle Online Privacy in 2011?
PRIVACY LAW—U.S.January 11, 2011
IDG News Service reports that technology issues--including online privacy--will be a focus for the U.S. Congress in 2011. Tech-related bills that could move include a revamp of the 25-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the report states. Online companies and advocacy groups have been pushing for ECPA reform for the past year because it does not give the same protection to e-mail and cloud-stored documents as it does to hardcopy files or those stored on PC hard drives. Web tracking is also expected to be a focus, though the report suggests that given past debate over allowing consumers to opt out, "chances of similar legislation passing in 2011 are small."