Options for Promoting Privacy on the National Information Infrastructure. Communications Privacy


Americans consider few rights more sacred than the right to communicate privately with other individuals, whether by telephone or by mail. In recognition of this fact, the law protects all real-time communications and stored transmissions (e.g., electronic mail and voice mail).85 Separate laws protect the privacy of paper mail.86

85. 18 U.S.C. § 2510, et seq. (1994).

86. See 39 U.S.C. § 3623(d) (1994).