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Senate Bill Would Require Warrants for Data

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

May 18, 2011

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has introduced legislation that would require law enforcement to obtain search warrants before accessing geolocation information and e-mails stored on servers, reports The Wall Street Journal. The legislation would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986. "Today, this law is significantly outdated and outpaced by rapid changes in technology," said Leahy. The bill has received support from Google, Microsoft and AT&T as well as from the Center for Democracy and Technology, but some advocates do not think the updates go far enough. Leahy said, "Updating this law to reflect the realities of our time is essential to ensuring that our federal privacy laws keep pace with new technology and the new threats to our security." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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