Reform ECPA and Expand Privacy Rights to the Internet
Privacy rights should not stop online. Our mission at Digital 4th is to extend Fourth Amendment rights to the digital age by updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Private communications online need to be protected, just as they are when they occur through the mail or over the phone. Tracking a cell phone’s location over time should require a warrant, just like tracking a vehicle by attaching a GPS device does. By reforming ECPA, we can ensure all private communications and documents stored online receive the same protections from unreasonable search and seizure as information locally stored.
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Tech companies and public interest groups have been calling for an update of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Technocrat talked with Chris Calabrese, who previously worked at the American Civil Liberties Union lobbying on privacy issues and now is senior policy director the Center for Democracy & Technology, about the details of the law.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today marks the 28th anniversary of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) becoming law and existing as the standard for online privacy rights in the United States. On the law’s 28th birthday, the Digital 4th coalition is calling on Congress to update ECPA and establish reforms that affirm Fourth Amendment protections extend into the digital space. By reforming ECPA, the government would be required to get a warrant in most cases to access Americans’ private online information.
Digital 4th - a privacy coalition comprised of Americans for Tax Reform, American Civil Liberties Union, Heritage Action for America and the Center for Democracy & Technology reacted to the Supreme Court's ruling that police must obtain a warrant before searching mobile devices. In Riley v. California, the Court decided unanimously that Americans' privacy is a priority and the government¹s access to cell phones is permitted only with a warrant issued by a judge.
Google, Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo and scores of other technology titans are demanding congressional leaders allow a vote on a bill to grant new privacy protections to people’s ema
Nearly every major tech company is signing on to two new letters pushing both House and Senate leadership to bring their chambers' ECPA reform bills to the floor. Many of them have already backed the reform efforts, which would update one of the nation's arcane email privacy laws.