The U.S. Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 due for overhaul thinks Microsoft

Interesting development concerning the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, again following on from one of Jack’s twitters 🙂

Big companies such as Microsoft and AT&T and advocacy groups from different parts of the political spectrum have joined forces in the newly formed Digital Due Process coalition intent on strengthening online privacy and to lobby the government on this. Other members include the left-leaning Electronic Frontier Foundation and American Civil Liberties Union as well as the libertarian Progress and Freedom Foundation and Competitive Enterprise Institute.

U.S. privacy laws in a cloud

Jack’s been twittering a lot about cloud computing and privacy laws that are lacking in the U.S. InfoWorld report that:

    “The fact of the matter is that the United States has not updated its privacy laws since 1986. With the rapid rise of cloud computing and the fact that more and more sensitive data will be stored off-premise, many believe it’s high time to revisit those rules to accommodate today’s reality.”

Well it’s good to know that the U.S. has some privacy laws 😉
Joking aside, they do have sectoral laws, and vertical specific, such as for healthcare and finance for example, but their privacy laws are in no way as far reaching as those enacted in the E.U. member states that gives the data subject rights to know ‘what is being stored on them, what it’s being used for’ along with the right ‘to contest integrity of personal data stored on them’. As the article states the U.S. has some way to go in updating their privacy laws!