The search giant wants stricter rules for the government about how and when they can access people's online data.

This article titled “Google calls for greater electronic privacy protections” was written by Dominic Rushe in New York, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 28th January 2013 18.23 UTC

Google has called for changes in the 17-year-old law that allows US authorities to access people's online lives without a warrant.

In a blogpost timed to coincide with Monday's Data Privacy Day, David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer, said it was time to update Electronic Communications Privacy Act (Ecpa) “so the same protections that apply to your personal documents you keep in your home also apply to your email and online documents.”

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