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.
Today millions of Americans will file their taxes with the federal government. But can the IRS be trusted with your personal information?
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Digital 4th - a privacy coalition comprised of the Center for Democracy & Technology, Americans for Tax Reform, American Civil Liberties Union, and Heritage Action for America - today called on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to stop opposing online privacy reform. In a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, the coalition noted that there was bi-partisan support to amend the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to prohibit warrantless government access to emails, photos, documents, and other private information stored online.
Conservative and civil liberties groups pushed the head of the Securities & Exchange Commission to support email privacy reform in a letter sent Wednesday.
Privacy and civil liberties advocates are pushing regulators and the Obama administration to support an end to warrantless searches of people’s emails.
The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees that the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated."