Digital Data Privacy Rules Turn 25
Oct 19, 2011 // Politico

In general, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act sets the ground rules for how law enforcement can access electronic communications. As ECPA turns 25, many lawmakers agree that in this age of smartphones and cloud computing, it's time for a change for the ECPA. To reform advocates, the law shouldn't discriminate: It sometimes affords less protection to data stored on servers than it does documents in a filing cabinet. Politico reports:

"We're just asking that the law reflect what probably most people assume it already says, which is that if the government wants to intrude that deeply on my privacy, they ought to get a warrant from a judge," said Jim Dempsey, vice president for public policy with the Center for Democracy & Technology.