The Verge reports on the Online Communications and Geolocation Privacy Bill, a bi-partisan attempt to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA). The new bill aims to apply protections to consumers’ e-mail and location data stored by third parties, requiring police and government to obtain a warrant before accessing such data. Google says of the 8,438 requests for user data between July and December 2012, 1,896 came with a warrant, and major carriers have reported 1.3 million requests in 2012. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), who is co-sponsoring the bill, said, “Fourth Amendment Protections don’t stop at the Internet. Americans expect Constitutional protections to extend to their online communications and location data.”
If you want to comment on this post, you need to login.