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    New Congressional Research Service Reports on Surveillance Laws

    The Federation of American Scientists have posted new Congressional Research Service reports on surveillance laws. Below are the report titles and an excerpt.

    Privacy: An Overview of Federal Statutes Governing Wiretapping and Electronic Eavesdropping, 98-326, October 9, 2012

    This report provides an overview of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

    Privacy: An Abbreviated Outline of Federal Statutes Governing Wiretapping and Electronic Eavesdropping, 98-327, October 9, 2012

    This report is an abridged version of CRS Report 98-326, Privacy: An Overview of Federal Statutes Governing Wiretapping and Electronic Eavesdropping, by Gina Stevens and Charles Doyle, without the footnotes, attributions to authority, the text of ECPA or FISA, or appendices found there.

    Privacy: An Overview of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, R41733, October 9, 2012

    This report provides an overview of federal law governing wiretapping and electronic eavesdropping under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). It also appends citations to state law in the area and the text of ECPA.

    Privacy: An Abridged Overview of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, R41734, October 9, 2012

    This report is an abridged version of CRS Report R41733, Privacy: An Overview of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, by Charles Doyle, without the footnotes, quotations, attributions of authority, or appendixes found there.

    Federal Laws Relating to Cybersecurity: Discussion of Proposed Revisions, R42114, November 9, 2012

    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. The frequency, impact, and sophistication of attacks on those systems has added urgency to the concerns. 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.

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