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Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), author of the original Electronic Communications Privacy Act (or ECPA), is once again pushing for amendments that take into account rapid advances in technology since, er, 1986. Passing the Senate Judiciary Committee today, the bill will soon be debated by the Senate.
In Leahy’s own words, the “bill takes several important steps to improve Americans’ digital privacy rights, while also promoting new technologies—like cloud computing—and accommodating the legitimate needs of law enforcement.”
Engine, together with a coalition of tech companies, is pleased with the clarity this new act brings to how content can be accessed by government; excluding emergencies, law enforcement must obtain a warrant in order to compel a service provider to disclose the private content of users.
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