The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The bill, introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy, will require law enforcement agencies to obtain search warrants to access electronic communications and other data, such as emails, private content on social networks, and other information stored on cloud-based services.
The new bill amends the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which has become increasingly more and more outdated as the Internet evolves. The provision currently allows the government to acquire stored content from an Internet Service Provider (ISP) without showing probable cause that a crime was committed.U.S. Senate Passes Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) Bill [thenextweb.com]
While this latest bill addresses all this, it still has to pass before the full Senate and the House. The new ECPA will thus likely be revised a few more times next year.