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Hearing Postponed for Privacy Advocate's Funeral


March 29, 2011

Nextgov reports that Senate Commerce Chairman Jay Rockefeller has postponed a computer security hearing to attend the funeral of Judge M. Blane Michael, a proponent of digital privacy and Rockefeller's mentor at one time. As legislators consider updates to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Michael last year lectured students at New York University School of Law that the "digital age is placing our privacy in jeopardy. Technological advances in the way we communicate and store information make us increasingly vulnerable to intrusive searches and seizures." The Wednesday hearing was to examine the economic ramifications of cyber threats in the private sector, the report states, and has not yet been rescheduled.
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