Posted by: maroonmaurader | April 1, 2010

Outdated privacy laws

Interesting read. Apparently the Electronic Communications Privacy Act was written in 1986, not significantly changed since, and still has some somewhat outdated provisions. The example the article gives: if you leave an email on a server or more than 180 days, apparently no warrant or probable cause is needed to access it because it’s considered “abandoned” – a fair assumption in 1986 perhaps. It does sort of seem like the type of law that would have needed significant updating to adjust to changes over the last 20 years.

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