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Government Surveillance

Google, AT&T, Microsoft, public interest groups call on Congress to update privacy laws of cloud, mobile computing

Google, Microsoft and AT&T joined public interest groups in a call for Congress to update electronic privacy laws so that personal online data can be obtained only by law enforcement with a search warrant.

Today, local and federal law enforcement routinely ask high-tech companies and telecom service providers for information like e-mail and documents (that reside in cloud applications) and data about mobile device users. Sprint Nextel, for example, reportedly has given location-based data about its subscribers to local law enforcement, who had pinged the company for information 8 million times. Check out this story from Post Tech about a debate on privacy in the cloud.