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States Taking Lead in E-mail, Location Privacy

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

August 30, 2013

After delays in congressional efforts to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), some states are taking matters into their own hands, reports The Washington Post. Texas and Montana have both passed e-mail privacy laws—and Montana went a step further, becoming the first in the nation to pass location-tracking legislation. Maine passed a law requiring a warrant for police to access text messages, and Massachusetts lawmakers are considering an e-mail and geolocation privacy bill for mobile device data. New York and Florida have also announced plans to tackle this issue in their next session. But, as the report states, “state-level laws cover only state-level authorities and can’t compel federal investigators. For that, there must be congressional action.” (Registration may be required to access this tory.)
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