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Google's legal director Richard Salgado is due to [url="http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/113th/hear_03192013_2.html"]testify before a committee[/url] at the House of Representatives this morning on reforming email privacy law to help both users and Google. In [url="https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwxyRPFduTN2eTQ1RVJXTGd3eTg/edit"]prepared remarks[/url] published on [url="http://googlepublicpolicy.blogspot.com/2013/03/testifying-before-us-house-of.html"]Google's Public Policy Blog[/url] today, Salgado says the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) was good when it was enacted, but that times have changed and so much user content is now cloud-based that the law has created "inconsistent, confusing, and uncertain standards" and that "the law fails to preserve the reasonable privacy expectations of Americans today."

"The law fails to preserve the reasonable privacy expectations of Americans today.

Other [url="http://digitaldueprocess.org/index.cfm?objectid=37940370-2551-11DF-8E02000C296BA163"]companies[/url] and [url="https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/12/deep-dive-updating-electronic-communications-privacy-act"]privacy advocates[/url] have spent years calling for updates to ECPA. The law currently gives government agencies and law enforcement organizations the ability to request all user email older than 180 days with just a subpoena, while access to newer email requires a stricter search warrant. The law has also been used to enable the government to request other cloud-based user information and even mobile device location information. But Google and those calling for reform want to see search warrants required to access all stored web user info and emails, regardless of their freshness or whether users have opened them.

Salgado's testimony says that the government should reform the law so that other companies will have less hesitation about trusting their employee's email and communications privacy to Google. He also makes an argument that Google Apps and cloud-based services are helpful to national security, writing "removing artificial and counterproductive legal standards that hinder movement to services offered by providers like Google will help strengthen our nation

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Isn't this kind of ironic coming from Google?

Also, this is pretty ballsy of them: "Salgado's testimony says that the government should reform the law so that other companies will have less hesitation about trusting their employee's email and communications privacy to Google."
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lol first two picture replies are hilarious! (source) but yeah its kinda weird, at least to me to see a Google representative fighting for our privacy rights, but hey! if its true, all the better!

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lol first two picture replies are hilarious! (source) but yeah its kinda weird, at least to me to see a Google representative fighting for our privacy rights, but hey! if its true, all the better!
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I have my doubts about them fighting for our rights. More like fighting for Google's rights.
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