Google, Others Renew Push For Digital Privacy Law Reform

By Emily Field (January 23, 2015, 2:45 PM EST) -- Google Inc., Twitter Inc. and other tech companies, joined by public policy and civil liberties groups, pushed lawmakers on Thursday to strengthen digital privacy laws, urging Congress in a letter to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to better protect personal information stored in the cloud.

Dozens of companies — including Google, Twitter and Yahoo Inc. — told lawmakers to give "speedy consideration" to the bipartisan Email Privacy Act, sponsored by Reps. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., and Jared Polis, D-Colo. The proposed updated to the ECPA would make it clear that, excepting emergencies, the government needs a warrant to compel a service...

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