Senate Committee Approves ECPA Reform That Requires Warrants; But Will It Ever Become Law?
from the doubtful dept
Of course, at this point, the victory is largely symbolic, as it's happening in a lameduck Congress. The bill still needs to pass the full Senate and have a comparable House version pass as well. In other words: nothing is happening until next year when this whole process may need to repeat. And given some of the quotes from Grassley and law enforcement, there will be yet another effort to strip some of these warrant requirements. Still, it's nice to see that there's at least some recognition in Congress that electronic privacy laws are woefully out of date, and leave private information, such as emails, way too open to law enforcement snooping.