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"Congress Pushes Patch for Outdated Email Privacy Law"

Axios, May 29, 2018

By Joe Uchill

A 1980s-vintage law known as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) actually gives law enforcement the right to seize files without judicial review if they have been stored on someone else's hard drive for more than 180 days. Courts have limited ECPA's reach, but the outdated rule is still on the books… "The Sixth Circuit case technically only applies in the Sixth Circuit," said Tommy Ross, senior policy director at BSA, a software industry lobby. "It's important to codify what is already common practice."


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