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Opinion: Surveillance Reports Show Need for ECPA Reform

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

July 16, 2012

An editorial in The New York Times examines recent reports of widespread cellphone surveillance by law enforcement agencies in urging action to update electronic privacy laws. “Cellphones, e-mail and online social networking have come to rule daily life, but Congress has done nothing to update federal privacy laws to better protect digital communication,” the editorial states. The editors suggest a bill introduced by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act would do so “in important, sensible ways” and then advocate putting it before the Senate Judiciary Committee so “debate on this critical issue” may begin. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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