Could US Privacy Protection Bills Hinder Law Enforcement?

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act reform bill advances to the Senate floor to better protect email privacy. Meanwhile a House subcommittee considers privacy protections for location data, data which some in law enforcement say is necessary to solve crimes.The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved a bill that would set new privacy protections for Web-based email and other digital communications, sending the measure to the full Senate for debate.Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), one of the authors of the bill, said the legislation is necessary to “better protect Americans’ digital privacy” and iron out some inconsistencies in the protections afforded to materials that are stored on a desktop computer and those that reside in the cloud.

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