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Government Surveillance

Regulatory Agencies the New Front in Privacy Protection

One of the most striking aspects of the Petraeus-Broadwell fiasco is how quickly the government’s investigation ballooned.

What other federal agencies have the power to conduct such sweeping investigations? Quite a few, it turns out. And what protection does anyone have against getting caught up in similar fashion? Not much, under current law, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Efforts are under way to reform the ECPA, but federal regulatory agencies are resisting because they want a power beyond even that exercised by the FBI in the Petraeus-Broadwell case.