January 13, 2016

An American Constitution Society – Federalist Society Debate: Legal Access to Digital Data: Who Makes the Rules?

Paul Guequierre, Director of Communications, pguequierre@acslaw.org or (202) 393-6187

Washington, D.C. – The Second Circuit Court of Appeals is poised to decide the legality of federal law enforcement efforts to access customer emails stored in overseas data centers operated by American service providers. At oral argument, Judge Gerard Lynch issued a plea to Congress to engage the issue, echoing the conventional wisdom that the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) badly needs updating.

On Thursday, January 21, the American Constitution Society and the Federalist Society will host a briefing on the application of ECPA outside the U.S. and who makes the rules regarding legal access to overseas data.  Panelists will also discuss legislative proposals to reform ECPA and what’s at stake in this debate.

WHAT: Legal Access to Digital Data: Who Makes the Rules?, an ACS – Federalist Society Debate

WHO: Panelists include:

·         Jennifer Daskal, assistant professor of law, American University Washington College of Law,                Moderator

·         Viet D. Dinh, founding partner, Bancroft, PLLC

·         James M. Garland, partner, Covington & Burling, LLP

WHEN: Thursday, January 21, 2016, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon and the program will begin at 12:15 p.m.

WHERE: U.S. Capitol Building, Senate Visitors Center, Room SVC 203-02

RSVP: The event is free to the media, but you must RSVP to press@acslaw.org.

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), founded in 2001 and one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations, is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals dedicated to making the law a force to improve lives of all people. For more information about the organization or to locate one of the more than 200 lawyer and law student chapters in 48 states, please visit www.acslaw.org.