The Stored Communications Act (SCA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of wire and electronic communications and transactional records stored by third-party internet service providers (ISPs). It was enacted in 1986 as part of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The SCA regulates how the government can access stored account information and content from entities such as ISPs, email providers, and social media platforms. It also limits the ability of criminal defendants to subpoena such information for their defense