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U.S. Senate Passes Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) Bill

     
6:20 pm on Nov 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

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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The new bill amends the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which has become increasingly more and more outdated as the Internet evolves.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.


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Proposed New U.S. Law Gives Authorities Access To Your email Without Warrant [webmasterworld.com]
7:05 pm on Nov 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Always nice to see new laws being passed that require law enforcement to jump through hoops to get the same information after several days that a hacker could get in less than an hour...
9:33 pm on Nov 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Always nice to see new laws being passed that require law enforcement to jump through hoops to get the same information after several days that a hacker could get in less than an hour...


Of course most hackers don't have a SWAT team at their disposal.
5:15 am on Dec 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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It also does not seem unreasonable to expect a higher standard of respect for people's rights from law enforcement than we do from criminals.
6:37 am on Dec 4, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Always nice to see new laws being passed that require law enforcement to jump through hoops to get the same information after several days that a hacker could get in less than an hour...

Yes, like tampering with (snail)mail. If it weren't for those stupid laws, they could open an envelope in less than a second.