By Marshall Kirkpatrick, ReadWriteWeb, October 25, 2011
Location data produced by modern technology like GPS and cell phones can today be accessed by law enforcement agents without probably cause and a warrant, but Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has introduced legislation that would change that. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) this week welcomed U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R- Ill.) as a cosponsor of the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act (GPS), making the joint announcement at a Retro Tech Fair sponsored by the Center for Democracy in Technology commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The new Act would require law enforcement to get a warrant before accessing historical or real-time location data about an individual from a technology provider or device, except in cases of national security, theft or fraud. …
For full text of the article, visit New Law Would Require Warrants for GPS Surveillance.
- New Law Would Require Warrants for GPS Surveillance (readwriteweb.com)
- Wyden, Chaffetz Introduce the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (GPS) Act (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- U.S. Supreme Court to Review GPS Surveillance Case (legaltimes.typepad.com)
- US Lawmakers Push to Limit Gov’t Mobile Tracking (pcworld.com)
By Jim Dempsey, ArsTechnica Published October 21, 2011 11:07 AM
Op-ed: Twenty-five years after it was passed, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act still governs much of our privacy online, and the Center for Democracy and Technology argues that ECPA needs an overhaul. The opinions in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of Ars Technica.
Cell phones the size of bricks, “portable” computers weighing 20 pounds, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and the federal statute that lays down the rules for government monitoring of mobile phones and Internet traffic all have one thing in common: each is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
For full text of the article, visit Op-ed: The shocking strangeness of our 25-year-old digital privacy law.