The Senate Judiciary Committee approved legislation that would significantly change the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). If enacted, the bill would require the government to obtain a search warrant based on probable cause before it can access the content of any stored electronic communications. The bill would do away with some befuddling provisions in the current ECPA that allow the government to obtain communications content with a mere subpoena or a court order based on less than probable cause when the communication has been stored for more than 180 days, is stored by a “remote computing service,” or (according to some courts and the government) has been opened by the recipient. The bill would also amend the Video Privacy Protection Act to allow subscribers of video services to consent to the services’ disclosure of their video rental or purchase records on an ongoing basis, though an amendment by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) could limit the utility of this change to video providers such as Netflix.