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Leahy To Push for ECPA Reform, Raises Drone Concerns

SURVEILLANCE—U.S.

January 17, 2013

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said he plans to push to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to require law enforcement to obtain a warrant prior to accessing individuals’ e-communications, CIO reports. Leahy noted, “I’ll keep pushing to update our privacy laws to address emerging technology and the Internet.” He also said that drones “could be a significant threat to the privacy and civil liberties of millions of Americans.” Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) said that there may be “some kind of drone legislation during the Congress,” and Electronic Privacy Information Center Attorney Amie Stepanovich said, “The current state of the law is inadequate to address the threat…as drone technology becomes cheaper, the threat to privacy will become more substantial.”
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