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The Shocking Strangeness of Our 25-Year-Old Digital Privacy Law

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Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL)

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) at the Retro Tech Fair last week.

Credit: Center for Democracy and Technology

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) was signed into law on October 21, 1986. Although it was forward-looking at the time, ECPA's privacy protections have remained stuck in the past while technology has raced ahead, providing us means of communication that not too long ago existed only in the minds of science fiction writers.

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