A number of advocacy groups have called out the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for making “contradictory and misleading statements” in its opposition to reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), The Hill reports. The SEC has been one of the leading opponents to ECPA reform. The groups did agree with a proposed amendment by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), aimed at satisfying concerns of the SEC, that would ensure “ECPA cannot be used to shield data in the cloud from ordinary discovery techniques,” by permitting the SEC to use subpoenas to access data held by third-party service providers during an investigation, the report states. Meanwhile, Future of Privacy Forum Founder and Co-Chair Christopher Wolf writes about the need for ECPA reform.
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