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ECPA Reforms Limiting Company Email Access Won't Go Far

Law360, New York (March 25, 2013, 9:17 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of Justice's recent backing of amendments to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act will likely result in legislation requiring search warrants for the government to access emails stored by service providers, but its lack of support for broader changes means privacy advocates' calls for similar restrictions on corporate emails will fall flat, attorneys say.

During a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing March 19, a DOJ official said the agency would support updating the 1986 ECPA statute to require a warrant based on probable cause for government access to stored content data from a service provider. But the agency...

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