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Lawmakers Introduce ECPA Reforms

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 3, 2012

Members of the House Judiciary Committee yesterday introduced legislation aimed at updating and clarifying the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), NationalJournal reports. Submitted by Reps. John Conyers (D-MI) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), the bill would require law enforcement to obtain warrants for electronic communications and would set clear standards and notice obligations for when government authorities can access such data. Business Software Alliance President and CEO Robert Holleyman supports reform of ECPA, saying, “Any country that wants to succeed in the cloud needs clear and consistent rules to protect users’ privacy while enabling the free flow of data and commerce.”
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