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Senate Judiciary Geared to Revamp ECPA, VPPA

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 12, 2012

The Senate Judiciary Committee has said it will work on an update of the Video Privacy Protection Act and attach provisions to amend portions of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the NationalJournal reports. Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said in a statement, “When Congress first enacted these laws almost three decades ago, e-mail was still a novelty and most Americans viewed movies at home on VHS tapes rented at their local video store,” adding, “The explosion of cloud computing, social networking sites, video streaming and other new technologies in the years since require that Congress take action to bring our privacy laws into the digital age.”
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