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Advocates Pleased with Committee Passage of ECPA Update

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

December 4, 2012

Privacy advocates are pleased with the Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage of a bill last week to close a loophole in the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, TechNewsWorld reports. The loophole allows law enforcement to view e-mail messages over 180 days old without a warrant. The ACLU’s Chris Calabrese said the bill “does exactly what we wanted it to do: have full warrant protection for all private electronic content.” The Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Lee Tien said, “Congress is sending a strong message to the Department of Justice that our digital Fourth Amendment rights don’t expire after six months.”
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