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Cloud Computing Prompts Push for Privacy Law Rewrite

May 25, 2010, 17:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kenneth Corbin)

"Members of a broad coalition advocating an overhaul of a more than two-decades-old privacy law took to Capitol Hill Friday afternoon, convening a briefing for congressional staffers to champion the cause.

"They argued that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or ECPA, has fallen lamentably out of step with the way that people are using computers and the Internet, particularly with regard to cloud computing and location-based services.

"ECPA, signed into law in 1986, established a procedural framework for law enforcement authorities to obtain wire and electronic information, including files stored on a computer.

"But in the age of the cloud, when users' e-mail, documents and social networking information are scattered on far-flung corporate servers, a law governing access to online data conceived at a time when few outside of the research and defense communities had heard of the Internet is in sore need of an update, according to the Digital Due Process coalition."

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