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Electronic Privacy Act Turns 25; No Reason to Celebrate

Technology has changed a lot since 1986, when the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) became law. Cell phones no longer look like bricks. Thirteen-pound laptops, such as the IBM PC Convertible with a processor running at 4.77 MHz and 256KB of memory, aren’t considered svelte. We even have something called the World Wide Web, an unknown to cybernauts in that year.