Leahy Introduces Benchmark Bill To Update Key Digital Privacy Law
WASHINGTON (Tuesday, May 17, 2011) – Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Tuesday introduced anticipated legislation to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), one of the nation’s premier digital privacy laws. Leahy was the lead author of the 1986 law, which was enacted to protect the privacy of Americans’ electronic communications.The legislation includes enhanced privacy protection for email and other electronic communication. Assess to these communications will be protected by a requirement for a search warrant based on probable cause. Protection will extend to geolocation information collected, used or stored by service providers, smartphones and other mobile technologies.
According to a study done for The Wall Street Journal, if you visit a website that has FaceBook, Twitter or other networking site share services enabled, you may be sharing more information than you think. Even if you DO NOT click the icons and DO NOT share the information with your followers, the originating site could still report that you visited to Facebook and Twitter.
'Like' Button Follows Web Users
The widgets, which were created to make it easy to share content with friends and to help websites attract visitors, are a potentially powerful way to track Internet users. They could link users' browsing habits to their social-networking profile, which often contains their name.