Congressional Research Service: Federal Laws Relating to Cybersecurity: Discussion of Proposed Revisions
Secrecy News has posted a copy of a Congressional Research Service report (pdf) on cybersecurity laws, which includes a discussion of privacy laws including the Privacy Act of 1974 and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (“ECPA,” also known as Title 18 § 2511 of the United States Code). There has been much discussion of revising ECPA and several bills have been introduced, which are discussed in this CRS report. Here’s the introduction:
For more than a decade, various experts have expressed concerns about information-system security—often referred to as cybersecurity—in the United States and abroad.1 The frequency, impact, and sophistication of attacks on those systems has added urgency to the concerns.2 Consensus has also been growing that the current legislative framework for cybersecurity might need to be revised to address needs for improved cybersecurity, especially given the continuing evolution of the technology and threat environments. This report, with contributions from several CRS staff (see Acknowledgments), discusses that framework and proposals to amend more than 30 acts of Congress that are part of or relevant to it.