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Opinion: Rep. Poe Pushes for ECPA Reform

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

April 24, 2013

In an op-ed for POLITICO, Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) writes, “Change usually brings challenge, and at times, our laws must adapt to reap the benefits of innovation without abridging our civil liberties, a challenge our government has been reluctant to accept.” He notes that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) was passed “a virtual eternity” ago when “no one knew what the ‘cloud’ was or even anticipated that it could exist.” Poe pushes for the passing of the Online Communications and Geolocation Privacy Act, a bill he co-sponsors, to modernize ECPA “to protect Internet users from intrusive and unwarranted government surveillance.”
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