Senate Committee Passes Email Privacy Bill
The Senata Judiciary Committee has passed an amendment to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act on Thursday. Senator Patrick Leahy wrote the bill, after taking the lead on updating the original 1986 act over two years ago. The bill is not expected to enter Congress for negotations until next year and is already subject to criticism from lawmakers that the bill does not yet strike the correct balance between public privacy and safety. Nevertheless, the Center for Democracy and Technology hailed the vote as "historic."