Senators call for privacy law update

Ron Wyden

Senator Wyden supporting privacy campaign

Senators Wyden and Kirk join EFF for conference and ‘Retro Tech’ fair

By ECM Plus staff

ECM Plus +++ On October 18, US Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) will jointly call for updating U.S. privacy law to keep pace with 21st century technology.

The conference comes the same week as the 25th anniversary of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the main federal law setting standards for government surveillance of digital technologies.

ECPA – signed at a time when mobile phones were the size of bricks and the World Wide Web didn’t even exist – is woefully outdated, putting Americans’ privacy at risk as technology continues to advance.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is co-sponsoring the conference along with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Americans for Tax Reform, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Center for Democracy & Technology, the Constitution Project, and TechFreedom. Representatives of each organization, including EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston, will be on hand to answer questions.

Tuesday’s conference will also include a “Retro Tech Fair,” featuring various “high tech” devices from the 1980s. The display – including what was then state-of-the-art cell phones, desktop computers, and other gadgets – will spotlight just how far technology has advanced since ECPA was originally passed.


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