Citing the need to protect intellectual property and consumer information like the emails that were leaked in this week's massive Epsilon hack, the Senate Judiciary Committee called a hearing Wednesday to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
Committee member Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) emphasized that while amending the law and taking the time to define privacy took time, that is time that U.S. cyber security remains vulnerable.
"It's thousands of attacks a minute, not thousands of attacks a day," he said. "It's a necessary process, but it's one that's not without peril and it's not one without cost."
However, ECPA, more familiarly known as the wiretapping law, will probably not see a change in the immediate future. The Judiciary Committee called a hearing for the same reasons last year, and the process has been languishing since then. Without an official position from President Obama's administration, the amendment process will not move forward. Raw Story