Email Privacy Act should protect cloud computing

Grazed from CloudPro. Author: Clare Hopping.

A number of technology companies, including Google, have come together at the hearing of the Email Privacy Act, which specifies US governmental bodies must obtain a warrant in order to gain access to customer emails. These technology companies argue that putting measures in place to prevent official bodies from gaining access to the content of emails is essential to benefit the future of cloud computing.

At present, under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), law enforcement agencies are able to obtain emails from a provider without getting a warrant, as long as the information has been stored for more than 180 days However, a court ruled in 2010 that in fact, this legislation violates the US's Fourth Amendment, which specifies a person has the right to "be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."...

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