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Initiatives Could Impact the Future of User Privacy

ONLINE PRIVACY

December 11, 2012

An op-ed in The Economist discusses two initiatives that could affect Internet users’ expectations of privacy in years to come. The first is a U.S. Senate bill that would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986. The bill would require law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant to access e-mails that have been opened or are more than six months old; now, only a subpoena is required. “Bringing online privacy requirements into an age of cloud computing is only fit and proper, and long overdue,” the report states. The second is the International Telecommunications Union’s effort to rewrite its treaty for regulating telecommunications companies worldwide by defining the Internet as a form of telecommunication.
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