Google, Others Breathe New Life Into ECPA Reform

By Allison Grande (January 29, 2013, 10:10 PM EST) -- Google Inc., AT&T Inc. and other corporate heavyweights on Monday urged Congress to clarify when they need to give the government access to user emails and other electronic communications, a move attorneys expect to reinvigorate the push to reform the outdated Electronic Privacy Communications Act by pressuring pro-business Republicans to rethink their opposition.

Several companies used the observance of the sixth annual Data Privacy Day to strengthen the call for reforms to ECPA, a 1986 law that has caused confusion among companies by imposing warrant standards that differ depending on the types of communications requested and the amount of time this...

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