: Government Perspectives on Protecting Privacy in the Digital Age, Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Eleventh Congress, First Session, April 6, 2011   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the opening statement of Patrick J. Leahy: "Today the Committee will hold a timely and I think important hearing on the Federal Government's use of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or ECPA, as we know it. It is one of the Nation's premier digital privacy laws. ECPA has been a bridge between what are, of course, legitimate law enforcement needs but also the equally legitimate privacy rights of Americans. When the Committee held its first hearing on ECPA reform last September, I said that while there is general agreement that ECPA has become outdated by vast technological advances and changing law enforcement missions since the law's initial enactment, the question of how best to update this law has no simple answer. We know it has to be updated. The difficult part is exactly how do we do it. Congress is considering many different approaches to ECPA reform, but I think there should be a few core principles to guide our work. Meaningful ECPA reform must carefully balance privacy rights, public safety, and security. Reforms must also encourage American innovation, and they have got to instill confidence in American consumers, law enforcement, and the business community. All these principles we should agree on. It is how best to do it." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Patrick J. Leahy, Chuck Grassley, James A. Baker, and Cameron F. Kerry.

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S. Hrg. 112-130; Senate Hearing 112-130; Serial No. J-112-14
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