H.R. 2471 (112th): To amend section 2710 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that a video tape service provider may obtain a consumer’s informed, written consent on an ongoing basis and that consent may be obtained through the Internet.

Jul 08, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Passed House)
Bob Goodlatte
Representative for Virginia's 6th congressional district
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Last Updated
Nov 29, 2012
14 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 6671 (Related)
Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments Act of 2012

Signed by the President
Jan 10, 2013

S. 1011 (Related)
Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2011

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 17, 2011


This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on December 6, 2011 but was never passed by the Senate.

Introduced Jul 08, 2011
Referred to Committee Jul 08, 2011
Reported by Committee Oct 13, 2011
Passed House Dec 06, 2011

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On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended
Dec 06, 2011 4:21 p.m.
Passed 303/116

34 cosponsors (19D, 15R) (show)

House Judiciary

Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

Senate Judiciary

Privacy, Technology and the Law

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11/29/2012--Reported to Senate amended.
Title I - Video Privacy Protection
Video Privacy Protection Act Amendments Act of 2012 -
Section 102 -
Amends provisions of the federal criminal code authorizing a video tape service provider to disclose personally identifiable information concerning any consumer to any person with the informed, written consent of the consumer to:
(1) allow such consent to be provided through an electronic means using the Internet;
(2) require such consent be in a form distinct and separate from any form setting forth other legal or financial obligations of the consumer;
(3) allow such consent to be given in advance for a set period of time, not to exceed two years or until consent is withdrawn by the consumer, which ever is sooner; and
(4) require the video tape service provider to provide an opportunity for the consumer to withdraw such consent on a case-by-case basis or to withdraw for ongoing disclosures, at the consumer's election.
Title II - Electronic Communications Privacy
Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2012 -
Section 202 -
Amends the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 to prohibit a provider of remote computing service or electronic communication service to the public from knowingly divulging to any governmental entity the contents of any communication that is in electronic storage or otherwise maintained by the provider.
Section 203 -
Revises provisions under which the government may require, pursuant to a warrant, the disclosure by such a provider of the contents of such communications. Eliminates the different requirements applicable under current law depending on whether such communications were stored for fewer than, or more than, 180 days.
Requires a law enforcement agency, within 10 days after receiving the contents of a customer's communication, or a governmental entity, within 3 days, to provide the customer a copy of the warrant and a notice that such information was requested by, and supplied to, the government entity.
Section 204 -
Authorizes a governmental entity that is seeking a warrant for the contents of communications to include in the application a request for an order delaying the notification required for up to 180 days, in the case of a law enforcement agency, or up to 90 days, in the case of any other governmental entity. Authorizes a court to grant one or more of such extensions on the basis of determinations required under existing law.
Allows a governmental entity that is obtaining the contents of a communication, or information or records, to apply to a court for an order directing a provider of electronic communication service or remote computing service to which a warrant, order, subpoena, or other directive is directed not to notify any other person of the existence of the directive for up to 180 days, in the case of of a law enforcement agency, or up to 90 days, in the case of any other governmental entity.
Provides for further extensions.
Requires service providers, after such extension, to provide the government three business days' notice of their intent to inform a customer or subscriber that the provider has disclosed the individual's electronic communications information to the government.

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