sopssa writes: "Microsoft, Google, and more than 20 other technology providers and lobby groups have put their names to a set of four principles for changes to Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The group says ECPA needs a reform because technology has advanced dramatically since 1986 and the way people use Internet, social networks, mobile phones and cloud computing requires changes to protect everyones privacy. A government agency should require a court-issued warrant based on probably cause, not a subpoena, to access communications and location information regardless of its age. "Citizens need government action to ensure that as more information moves from the desktop to the cloud, the country retains the traditional balance of privacy vis-à-vis the state," Microsoft general counsel Mike Hintz said."
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