How Data Is Treated By The Law

Currently, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act states that any data that is over 180 days old and stored on a server will be considered to be abandoned. This means that any agency can have free access to it, much like when a piece of artwork or music enters the public domain. However, experts say that this must change. The archaic ECPA’s definition of data covers old technology because of the period in which it was written. But in addition to that, its definition of data is vague. Despite this, agencies concerned with law enforcement appear to have sidestepped any responsibility where the updating of this law to protect internet users is concerned.

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