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Lawmakers, Advocates: ECPA Needs Overhaul

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

October 18, 2011

Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) are meeting with advocacy groups in Washington, DC, today to discuss the need for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), American Public Media reports. With its 25th anniversary this week, groups such as the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) say that ECPA does not address changes in technology since the law's inception in 1986. Noting that cell phones and location data collection were virtually nonexistent 25 years ago, a CDT representative said, "There's no consistent rule about what law enforcement has to show to a judge in order to get records about where you are right now, where you're going to be for the next 30 days or where you were for the last six months."
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