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Reagan-Era Laws Need Revision, Say Some

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

October 21, 2011

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), along with civil rights groups and online industry representatives, are calling for revisions to the 25-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Leahy said Thursday that he will schedule a markup to update the act before the end of the year, according to The Hill. In a statement, he said the law has been "significantly outdated and outpaced" by technology and "the changing mission of our law enforcement agencies after Sept. 11," reports Wired. Meanwhile, MediaPost News reports that Netflix plans to argue that the Video Privacy Protection Act's damages provision is unconstitutional, depriving the company of the due process of law and violating the ban on excessive fines. 
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