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 When the government mandates the use of specific tools or technologies, they can become quickly outdated, thereby stalling innovation.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.


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.

NAM in the News

Press Releases

    • 02/24/2016
      Laws Need to Keep Up with Innovation in Manufacturing
      We are living in the world of modern manufacturing.  Walk in to a manufacturing facility on any given day and you will see state-of-the-art technology seamlessly integrated with manufacturing products...
    • 11/30/2015
      House Judiciary Committee to Discuss Email Privacy
      The current law governing the privacy of electronic communication and how law enforcement accesses it was written in 1986. That law, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or ECPA, will turn...
    • 03/04/2015
      Law Enforcement Leader Calls for Action on LEADS Act
      Manufacturers are technology companies. Dispel all thoughts of dirty, dusty shop floors and walk into the state of the art facilities our manufacturers use today. With the advent on the...
    • 12/08/2014
      Pass the LEADS Act Now
      As manufacturers look to sell their products to customers around the globe they count on the quality of their goods to make the sale. Earning the trust of the customer,...