Privacy and Data Security The NAM supports manufacturers' efforts to safeguard data that is entrusted to them. Because manufacturers recognize that respecting privacy builds consumer confidence, the manufacturing industry's best practices in the proper handling of data are constantly adapting and evolving to address new threats. When the government mandates the use of specific tools or technologies, they can become quickly outdated, thereby stalling innovation. The NAM works to ensure that the manufacturing industry's best practices and market-based solutions are used to protect data, the sensitivity of the information handled and the purposes for which it will be used to drive privacy and security policies, and government agencies and private organizations are held to the same standards as industry. WHAT’S AT STAKE » Significant overreach by the U.S. government in the form of accessing customer data stored outside the United States has resulted in a high level of skepticism among customers of manufacturers outside U.S. borders. Today, digital information travels the world in a way that was not imaginable 30 years ago. The Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad (LEADS) Act will update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986. The LEADS Act will allow law enforcement to access data linked to immediate threats to national security without jeopardizing the relationship manufacturers have with customers and the data they share.