Should We Update Electronic Privacy Act{4}


by Jintien C
This article is about Electronic Communications Privacy Act(ECPA). ECPA was introduced in 1986, but since then it has not been changed a lot. Technology has brought many different ways that people communicate such as cell phones, search engines, social networking sites and so forth. In the meanwhile, these technologies also help and gather more user’s information to the government. One of big reasons that ECPA has not been updated is discouraged from law enforcement agencies. On the other end, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and several other activist groups are trying to push ECPA reform.

Now we all have felt technology has changed our daily lives in many different ways. As technology advances, people are raising concerns about their privacies. For example, every time users browse or search any websites, Google always gives related ads or suggests similar websites. Google’s database has sorted information by your request. Apple and Amazon have started offering cloud services recently. This becomes another new privacy issue their servers always back up users data information. I think ECPA should be updated. Because technology has changed dramatically since 25 years ago when ECPA was created.

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