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What is the Electronic Communications Privacy Act?

Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA) in order to expand the restrictions on the ability of the government to set up wiretaps on telephone calls. The act that it expanded was the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act in the year 1968. This expansion of the act included transmissions of electronic data by computer. Subsequent updates to the law have included prohibiting the government’s access to stored electronic communications through the Stored Communications Act and Pen Register Act, which prevent the government from tracing electronic data sent through telephones and computers. Some additional changes to the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act include the Patriot Act of 2001, which expanded the government’s ability to trace communications and its reauthorization in 2006. The FISA Amendments Act of 2008 also granted the federal government additional powers to trace electronic and telephone communications. This act is important because it describes which communications may be listened to, traced or followed by the federal government when investigating crimes.

What Does the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 Do?

The Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 protects individuals from the unlawful monitoring of electronic communications by the federal government. It essentially grants individuals some rights to privacy when communicating domestically or internationally. The act makes it a federal crime for the government to trace telephone, wire, computer or stored electronic communications without a court order or the consent of the party whose communications are being recorded or traced. The 1968 Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act includes in-the-moment and past communications. The act also includes language that makes it a federal crime to distribute any information collected without a court order or consent of the affected party.

What Else Does the ECPA Do?

The ECPA specifically prohibits the government from conducting wire, telephone and computer surveillance without a court order or consent. It also has provisions for private individuals who do this. It makes eavesdropping, wire tapping or attempting to wiretap or record private conversations a crime if these activities are done by a private individual. Keep in mind that the ECPA only includes surveillance of communications with the aid of an electronic device. If the communications are monitored aurally, or simply listened to, the ECPA doesn’t prohibit this.

What Are the Practical Rights Conferred By the ECPA and Its Amendments?

The ECPA and its amendments stop the government from recording or using any aural transfers made through wire, cable or similar connections. If a person engages in an oral conversation with another party when there is no expectation of anyone listening to the conversation, the ECPA protects these communications. For example, if a person calls their mother and describes a crime they committed, they have a reasonable expectation that law enforcement are not listening to the call. However, if the mother consented to recording the conversation, the government may do so. If the government has a court order to record the mother’s calls or the child’s calls, it may do so.

What Is Not Covered By the ECPA?

None of the expansions of the ECPA include video recordings that do not have an audio component. A person should expect to have no right to privacy when they are in a public setting or in a business. Businesses, the government and individuals have the right to create video recordings of others engaging in normal activities in a public setting. For example, the government can place security cameras at the entrances of post offices, and the video recordings can be used in the investigation of a crime. No court order or consent of the recorded party is required in this case. Businesses can set up video cameras near cash registers and checkouts and use them in the investigation of theft crimes, so long as no audio is included in the recordings.

What Are the Penalties for Violating the ECPA?

The penalties for individuals who are convicted of violations of the ECPA include as much as five years in prison and fines up to $250,000. A victim can file a civil suit for additional damages. Victims who are illegally recorded under the ECPA cannot sue the United States government. However, illegally collected material cannot be used in court.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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