An electronic communication under this act is essentially any kind of data (writing, an image, or some other information) that is transmitted through wire, radio, electromagnetic, or any other kind of electronic system. This can include, but is not exclusive to, phone calls, emails as well as other communications via the internet.
Essentially it protects individuals using the Internet by prohibiting not only other individuals, but the federal government itself from listening in on any of your private communications, or if they happen to listen in, the perpetrator is forbidden from disclosing the contents of the communication to anybody else.
There are number of exceptions to this protection of privacy:
If important information you were relaying over the Internet in the strictest confidence was intercepted illegally by a third party, you may want to consult an attorney who has experience in cyberspace law. Your attorney will be able to advise you of your rights and let you know if you may be eligible for money damages in a lawsuit against the perpetrator.
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