Info Gathering In The Google Age: Notes On The SCA

February 10, 2012  |  Law360

Despite the increasing importance of internet communication in today's world, there is no comprehensive federal legislation protecting the privacy of electronic information. The principal federal statute regulating users’ privacy is the Stored Communications Act (“SCA”), a part of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, a statutory scheme that has been almost universally criticized as a “dense and confusing” mess. This article explores the deficiencies of the SCA and discusses way to improve it.

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