Why Electronic Data is Different than a Filing Cabinet (Perspective)
April Doss, partner and chair of Saul Ewing’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice, authored this article on how electronic data is legally categorized, obtained and searched. The article mentions Microsoft’s recent challenge of court-ordered secrecy of warrants under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to illustrate the tension and confusion that comes with restrictions on data disclosure. In the article April discusses the importance of using analogies, such as comparing the data to a filing cabinet, to better understand how to process and collect electronic data, but notes that more refined comparisons are needed to fully address concerns with individual privacy and public safety.
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