This week, CDT Vice President Jim Dempsey (pictured left) testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the need to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). He also took readers' questions on the important and complex law. Below are his answers.
Question: Under the current ECPA, is there any action one can take to keep Google from handing over the contents of one's entire Google account (gmail, messaging, calendar, Android phone use, etc.) upon request? Given Google's total control of many people's electronic lives, and the company's oft-questioned history of compliance, are there steps Google users can take to ensure their privacy?
If this question is too specific, please give us your opinion on measures that users with email accounts with any providers might be able to take to protect themselves, or if there are some providers who are more likely to not turn over their users' information than others
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