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DOJ: Privacy Reforms Would Impede Investigations

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

April 7, 2011

Department of Justice (DOJ) officials are speaking out against calls for federal legislation to better protect online privacy, CNET News reports. Associate Deputy Attorney General James Baker has spoken out against a set of changes proposed last year by Digital Due Process, a coalition of businesses and advocacy groups, to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act with more safeguards for Internet users. The proposal includes a call for court approval requirements for such law enforcement activities as tracking cell phones. Baker voiced concerns about the potential to limit "the government's ability to obtain important information in investigations of serious crimes."
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