Serial No. 50: Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Liberties, and the Administration of Justice of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, Ninety-Ninth Congress, First and Second Sessions on H.R. 3378 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, September 26, October 24, 1985, January 30, and March 5, 1986   [open pdf - 13MB]

From the opening statement of Robert W. Kastenmeier: "This morning we begin a series of hearings on H.R. 3378, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1985[....] When Congress passed the wiretap law in 1968, there was a clear consensus that telephone calls should be private. Earlier Congresses had reached that same consensus regarding mail and telegrams. But in the almost 20 years since Congress last addressed the issue of privacy of communications in a comprehensive fashion, the technologies of communication and interception have changed drastically[....] These new modes of communication have outstripped the legal protection provided under statutory definitions bound by old technologies. The unfortunate result is that the same technologies that hold such promise for the future also enhance the risk that our communications will be intercepted by either private parties or the Government." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Robert W. Kastenmeier, Neal J. Amick, Michael F. Cavanagh, Richard T. Colgan, Clifford S. Fishman, Frederick D. Hess, James Knapp, John W. Kelly, Jr., George Kuhnreich, Patrick J. Leahy, P. Michael Nugent, Philip J. Quigley, John W. Stanton, Philip M. Walker, Fred W. Weingarten, and Perry F. Williams.

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