Senate Committee Advances Contested Privacy Law Reforms

Law360, New York (November 29, 2012, 5:39 PM EST) -- The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved legislation that would require search warrants for government access to electronic communications, despite lingering concerns from the committee's top Republican that this heightened standard would hinder the ability of law enforcement and regulators to conduct investigations.

In a voice vote, the committee reported to the full Senate H.R. 2471, which would not only update the warrant requirement under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 but also loosen restrictions under the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 by...
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