Google wants Congress to update email privacy

Current law was written in 1986

WASHINGTON - A top legal advisor for Google testified in front of the US House of Representative Judiciary Committee Tuesday to try to compel them to update email users privacy under the Electronic Privacy Communications Act.

According to online blog mashable, the decades on EPCA allows law enforcement to obtain users emails with a subpoena which is far less difficult to obtain than a search warrant.

"Google and other email providers have for some time required a search warrant before handing over users' emails to law enforcement, a higher standard than what's called for by ECPA," wrote the blog.

Richard Salgado, Google's Legal Director of Law Enforcement and Information Security, planned to give testimony about his belief that change isneededĀ  to protect Google users' privacy.

Secondly, he planned to tell Congress that an ECPA amendment could add clarity and remove legal confusion which impedes economic growth and innovation.

Salgado wrote in prepared statements posted to Google's Public Policy Blog.

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