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Advanced Legal Research: ECPA

A brief review on passive vs. active voice

Portia Gant

on 9 April 2013

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Transcript of Advanced Legal Research: ECPA

Researching ECPA: A practical Approach ECPA was enacted over 20 years ago, and as a result is difficult to apply to today's technology.

Federal Legislative History

Case Law

Privacy Law Updates & Awareness So What Does ECPA Say? ECPA is divided into 3 separate Acts:

1. The Wiretap Act
18 U.S.C §§ 2510-2522

2. The Stored Communications Act
18 U.S.C. §§ 2701-2711

3. The Pen Register Act
18 U.S.C. §§ 3121-3127 What's the Big Deal about ECPA? With the advent of Smartphones, E-mail, and Social Media, people are communicating more and more electronically.

ECPA set forth a framework that outlines how the Government may lawfully obtain access to such communications for criminal investigation purposes. Federal Legislative History Compiled Legislative History
Reactionary Nature
Free Resources
Finding Good Case Law Subscription Databases
Legal Encyclopedia

Privacy Law Updates & Awareness The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986
The IAPP's Daily Dashboard
Center for Democracy & Technology
Electronic Frontiers Foundation
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