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How not to update our electronic privacy laws

Judging by reports from courtside, the Department of Justice did itself no favors at a House Judiciary Committee hearing held Tuesday morning to discuss how to update the venerable-to-the-point-of-senile Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

ECPA was originally enacted into law in 1986, when Mark Zuckerberg was 1 year old. Just about everybody agrees -- law enforcement, Congress, the White House, civil libertarians, tech companies -- that the law needs to catch up with contemporary practice. But the exact details of said updating? That's where it gets tricky.