ECPA Part 1: Lawful Access to Stored Content: Hearing Before the United States House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, March 19, 2013 [open pdf - 776KB]
This testimony compilation is from the March 19, 2013 hearing, "ECPA Part 1: Lawful Access to Stored Content," before the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. From the opening statement of Bob Goodlatte: "The dawn of the digital age and the explosive development of communication methods has brought with it faster ways to compile, transmit and store information. These developments have produced faster and more efficient ways to do everything from conducting commerce to connecting with friends. Unfortunately, criminals have found ways to convert the benefits offered by new technology into new ways to commit crimes. At the intersection of these activities are the privacy rights of the public, society's interest in encouraging and expanding commerce, the investigative needs of law enforcement professionals, and the demands of the Constitution. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) was designed to provide rules for government surveillance in the modern age. The technology of 1986 now seems ancient in comparison to today's. The interactive nature of the Internet, now including elements such as home banking and telecommuting, has produced an environment in which many people may spend hours each day 'on-line.' In this context, a person's electronic communications encompass much more today than they did in 1986. Indeed in 2013, a person's electronic communications encompass much more than they did in 2000, when Congress acknowledged that much had changed since the original ECPA of 1986. ECPA reform must be undertaken so that despite the evolution of technology and its use in the world, the constitutional protections reinforced by ECPA will endure." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Bob Goodlatte, Elana Tyrangiel, Richard Littlehale, Orin Kerr, and Richard P. Salgado.
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