Committee plans ECPA update, probe of data brokers

02/27/2013 | Hill, The

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., says his panel is considering an update of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act that would make it necessary for police to get a warrant before accessing e-mails and other forms of electronic communication, including social-media messages. Today law enforcement needs only a subpoena, issued without a judge's approval. In addition, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., says he would increase online privacy protection and examine the role of data brokers, write Brendan Sasso and Jennifer Martinez.

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