Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Jacob Sullum on How Your Life Became an Open E-Book

Jacob Sullum on How Your Life Became an Open E-Book:
In 1986 The American
Banker
defined E-mail as "a trademark of CompuServe,"
Computerworld noted that sending a single message required
a 10-minute phone call, and InfoWorld described "a pilot
scheme that will allow users of one system to send messages to
mailbox holders on another." That was the year Congress enacted
the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), so it
is hardly surprising that the once forward-looking law seems
antiquated today. In fact, says Jacob Sullum, ECPA is so out of
date that it has left us vulnerable to government snooping in ways
most Americans do not appreciate.
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