Email Privacy: Change is Coming

Posted by Lori Salley Ring

Apr 19, 2016 8:30:00 AM

What's more valuable: individual privacy or society's security?  It's not a new debate, but it's one that is getting a lot of attention in Washington of late.  The battle between the FBI and Apple over accessing a terrorist's iPhone has highlighted the tension between the oft competing goods of protecting society from harm and protecting the confidentiality of people's personal information and communications. While the debate over encryption rages, there has been much agreement and progress on a bill to update the law that relates to government access to email and other electronic communications.

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Topics: federal policy, email, privacy

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FocusData: TECHPol is a blog on technology and business policy issues affecting small and mid-sized companies.  TECHPol’s primary author, Lori Salley Ring, spent 20-plus years working on Capitol Hill, including as the top staffer on the House Committee on Small Business.  FDS is an IT consulting firm providing managed services, office tech relocation, network security, and IT support for businesses in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area.

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Lori Salley Ring

Lori Salley Ring

Lori serves as Policy Advisor and Communications Specialist for Focus Data Solutions.  Lori spent more than 20 years working for the U.S. Congress, including as Chief of Staff to a member of the House leadership and as the Staff Director for the Committee on Small Business.  Lori also ran a Washington-based non-profit organization between stints working for the Federal government. 

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