The ACLU, along with two dozen tech companies, privacy advocates and civil rights groups, formed the Digital Due Process Coalition in March to put pressure on Congress to rewrite the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0610/38930.html#ixzz0rm5Dj1QFAmplify’d from www.politico.com
Cell phone companies know where you are every time you make a call. GPS devices keep a record of the routes you take around town. Social networking services alert friends when you’re nearby.
But there’s no clear standard for how law enforcement agencies should get access to these records that track consumers’ every move. The topic will be examined in a hearing Thursday as lawmakers begin the process of rewriting the laws that govern the sharing of electronic communications.
Large Internet companies such as Google, Facebook and MySpace have teams that do nothing but respond to data requests from law enforcement. Smaller companies that rely on location-based services, such as California-based Loopt, which lets users connect with nearby friends, have had to carefully construct policies to deal with such requests in the absence of clear legal standards.
At the same time, the Justice Department needs to quickly access data to combat increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals and online predators.Read more at www.politico.com
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