These days, a large and growing number of organizations and individuals are storing sensitive data in the cloud, which some lawmakers believe necessitates greater controls over this type of storage.
U.S. Congressmen Jerrold Nadler and John Conyers, Jr., Democrats from New York and Michigan, respectively, recently introduced a bill designed to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, according to a report from Nadler's office
. The bill is designed to create more consistent privacy protections among the large and growing number of electronic services and devices now available to consumers.
"ECPA was passed in 1986, well before we commonly used the Internet for e-mail, much less for 'cloud computing
' and remote storage," said Nadler. "Communications technology is evolving at an exponential rate and, as such, requires corresponding updates to our privacy laws. This new legislation will ensure that ECPA strikes the right balance between the interests and needs of law enforcement and the privacy interests of the American people." Eduard Goodman
, chief privacy officer for Identity Theft
911, writes regularly about how various technologies can impact consumers' daily lives.
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