The following issue briefs provide an in-depth look into current online privacy legislation, and the need to protect our digital rights through ECPA reform.

Issue Brief 1

ECPA and the Tech Industry

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ECPA impacts all Americans because their information is vulnerable to government intrusion. The tech industry, in particular, is fighting to update the law.

Issue Brief 2

ECPA and the Cloud

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The failure to update ECPA threatens the global competitiveness of the United States and risks losing American jobs to foreign competitors.

Issue Brief 3

ECPA and FISA

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ECPA reform would not interfere with national security or terrorism investigations.

Issue Brief 4

ECPA and Law Enforcement

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Current and former law enforcement officials agree that requiring a warrant will not hinder their investigations.

Issue Brief 5

A Historical Perspective of ECPA

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Our nation has a history of protecting Constitutional rights.

Issue Brief 6

CDT Analysis of DOJ Testimony

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The dangers of ECPA exemptions for civil agencies.

Issue Brief 7

ECPA Issues - One Pagers

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Current law already enables law enforcement officials to obtain data in emergency situations involving serious injury or death.

Issue Brief 8

The Fix is In: ECTR Amendment

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The effort to enact intelligence-related reforms in the eleventh hour to a bill that doesn’t touch intelligence authorities should be roundly rejected.