Facebook Pushes Senate For Stronger Online Communication Privacy

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Facebook and many other major tech companies and consumer advocacy groups teamed up this week to urge the Senate to pass a bill that would reform online communication privacy.

The group of organizations wrote a letter to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, voicing support for the Email Privacy Act that recently passed through the House of Representatives by a vote of 419-0. The bill would close a loophole in the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act that lets government agents demand emails with only a civil subpoena instead of a warrant if the email is more than 180 days old.

Of course, a bill written in 1986 that deals with the Internet badly needed an update — thus the unanimous vote. However, Facebook and the other groups that wrote the letter emphasized that the reforms in the bill do not go far enough to protect users’ privacy from the government.


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