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May 2017

Internet Privacy – ISP Snooping and U.S. Surveillance Laws

It’s hard to imagine a world in which the U.S. Postal Service is permitted to peer inside our personal mail, or gather and track the address and other data we place on our mail, and then use and sell what it learns about us.

Yet, when it comes to our web browsing activities and electronic communications, isn’t that what Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are now lawfully able to do as a result of the U.S. government’s recent action overturning the FCC’s privacy rules?

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) puts some privacy limits on what ISPs can do. But the question is, are they sufficient based on what we know today?  Let’s look at some of those privacy limits, and you be the judge.

The ECPA, enacted in 1986, long before anyone knew about the Internet, e-mail, and the vast array of other new technologies that we use today, is the primary federal surveillance law applicable to