Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union at the time, testifies at a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on the future of unmanned aviation on January 15, 2014. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Tech companies and public interest groups have been calling for an update of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Technocrat talked with Chris Calabrese, who previously worked at the American Civil Liberties Union lobbying on privacy issues and now is senior policy director the Center for Democracy & Technology, about the details of the law.
He said the 1986 law stemmed from a concern that third parties were beginning to retain increasing amounts of communications and information on individuals and that according to the Supreme Court, it didn’t have Fourth Amendment protection.
In starting to grapple with that in the 1980s, ECPA was their solution, he said.