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Electronic privacy act: Debate around the Electronic Communications Privacy Act is ramping up ahead of a congressional hearing on the bill coming Tuesday.

On Monday, the Center for Democracy and Technology, along with the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans for Tax Reform, said that they will form a coalition called “Digital 4th,” focused on updating the ECPA to reflect current technology and user practices and require warrants to obtain information stored in the cloud..

“As ECPA is currently written, neither private information stored in the cloud nor location tracking information is accorded the traditional protection of a judicial warrant,” said CDT senior counsel Greg Nojeim in a statement. “We support extending Fourth Amendment rights to the digital age.”

Speculation mounts over FCC post: Speculation continues to mount over who will replace Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski, who is expected to resign his post before his term is up in June. The White House has begun to narrow the field of candidates, and The Washington Post reports that a new name may be joining the short list.

The report said that former FCC official Cathy Sandoval may be an “under-the-radar” name to add to those of top candidates such as venture capitalist Tom Wheeler, National Telecommunications and Information Administration Administrator Lawrence Strickling and Karen Kornbluh, the ambassador to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

AT&T iPad hacker sentenced: A judge sentenced Andrew Auernheimer, also known as “Weev,” to 41 months in prison for taking more than 10,000 iPad users’ e-mail addresses from AT&T servers. Auernheimer was convicted of charges of identity theft and conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to computers in November, the Associated Press reported Monday.

Auernheimer said that he had taken the addressees in part to expose security flaws in AT&T’s systems; for that reason, his lawyers argued he should receive only six months’ probation because they said in a memo posted online by Gawker’s Sam Biddle that Auernheimer had not actually circumvented any AT&T security measures by exploiting the company’s security flaw.

Immigration bill: Reps. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) and Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) introduced a bill Friday that would exempt foreign-born people who earn a science, engineering, technology or mathematics PhD from an American university from limits on H-1B visas, which are given to those working in specialized areas,

Called the Stopping Trained in America PhDs from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act, Quigley and Paulsen say the bill is focused on stopping the domestic “brain drain” that comes as a result of being unable to award PhD students the necessary visas they need to stay in the U.S.

Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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