Outdated Privacy Laws Need to Be Changed, Computer Expert Warns


Back in 1986 – when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerbeg was two years old – Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. It enacted guidelines for when law-enforcement investigators needed to search data stored on a computer. The 1986 ECPA has not really been updated at all since. It does not address social networks like Facebook, Skype, or Twitter, nor does it deal with smartphone security. This essay on The Huffington Post points out that “what’s really frightening is that the Justice Department is asking Congress not to update the law. Law enforcement likes that most of our electronic communications are offered only feeble privacy protections.”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.