By SafeGov Contributor, Michael Chertoff.

Because they instinctively and practically recognize this similarity, American citizens increasingly want equivalent privacy protections for their own electronic and telephonic communications. They want law enforcement in the U.S. to be responsive to their new customs and practices. Through our work with tech companies, we also know that these outdated rules limit their global business opportunities.

So, the time is ripe to revisit how electronic communications are intercepted by law enforcement. In an ideal world, we want to both improve law enforcement access and regularize it while affording greater privacy protections to Americans.

It is time, and past time, to update the ECPA and better protect Internet users. Bipartisan bills like the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (LEADS) Act recently introduced in the Senate, will fix this problem and protect our electronic conversations. Thirty years is forever in cyberspace and it is time the law caught up.

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Michael Chertoff served as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009. In that capacity, he led the United States in blocking would-be terrorists from crossing our borders or implementing their plans if they were already in the country. At Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff provides high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues, from risk identification and prevention to preparedness, response and recovery.

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