Mar 30, 2010 // The Washington Post
Google, Microsoft and AT&T allied with public interest groups to call on Congress to make updates to legislation governing online and electronic privacy laws. These groups, along with Google, Microsoft, and AT&T, are calling for reform because the act was passed before the age of mainstream Internet access, making it unclear as to how authorities can monitor online communications. The Washington Post reports on the effort:
And the reforms come amid confusion as to how pre-Internet rules like federal wiretapping laws apply to the Internet age. In Philadelphia, Sen. Arlen Specter on Tuesday called for an update to that law - which applies to voice conversations -- to also apply to videos and other visual images. Specter spoke Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee field hearing.