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ECPA Reform Would Require Warrant for Cloud Data

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 7, 2012

WIRED reports on a proposal to amend the 26-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Legislators have called for “sweeping changes…that for the first time would require the government to obtain a probable cause warrant to access data stored in the cloud,” the report states. “Communications technology is evolving at an exponential rate and, as such, requires corresponding updates to our privacy laws,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), who is sponsoring the package with Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-MI), adding, “This new legislation will ensure that ECPA strikes the right balance between the interests and needs of law enforcement and the privacy interests of the American people.”
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