Privacy and The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986
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The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA) was developed to protect individuals from the illegal seizure of their electronic information and possessions. “The ECPA prohibits, among other things, intentional interception of electronic communications and the intentional access of stored electronic communications” . This law is based on the Wiretap Act, “which was to prevent excessive governmental intrusions into the privacy of others”  The law specifically disallows the government to have access to stored electronic information. It also prohibits them having access to Internet account information without permission. Service providers are forbidden from purposely giving out private information without the customer knowing and without a proper search warrant. This law is important because with the increase in electronic communications, our privacy is at risk more than ever before. This law is meant to protect individuals from others trying to get their on-line information and from the government having direct access to people’s private on-line information.