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House Judiciary subcommittee weighs new privacy protections for email

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A House panel is hearing testimony Tuesday about the need to update legislation governing law enforcement access to electronic communications such as email.

"The role of the Internet and electronic communications in our daily lives is vastly different that it was during the Reagan administration," said Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican, who is chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.

His subcommittee is examining changes to the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act and will hear testimony from Elana Tyrangiel of the Justice Department, Richard Littlehale of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Professor Orin Kerr of the George Washington University Law School and Richard P. Salgado of Google Inc.

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Shaun Waterman

Shaun Waterman

Shaun Waterman is an award-winning reporter for The Washington Times, covering foreign affairs, defense and cybersecurity. He was a senior editor and correspondent for United Press International for nearly a decade, and has covered the Department of Homeland Security since 2003. His reporting on the Sept. 11 Commission and the tortuous process by which some of its recommendations finally became ...

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