We are a group of concerned American’s with strong views against the destruction of our civil liberties and are dedicated to bringing Fourth Amendment protections into the 21st century.
We feel strongly that individuals are born sovereign over themselves, not as chattels of governments. Unfortunately, the quest to live a sovereign life is becoming more elusive by the year and while we come from different political, economic and social perspectives on many issues, we stand united in our common belief that private communications should be protected across all platforms, whether they occur online, over the phone or through the mail.
Federal law today does not treat all communication the same. Private communications online are far less protected than conversations over the phone or letters through the mail. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or ECPA, established standards almost 30 years ago for government access to private information that is transmitted and stored on the Internet.
When ECPA passed in 1986, it was intended to extend Fourth Amendment protections to communications conducted over the Internet. After 1986, technology changed rapidly, but the law remains virtually the same. It does not, for example, take account of the development of the Internet “cloud,” where companies and individuals now store vast amounts of private and proprietary information. It does not establish any specific standard for law enforcement access to location information generated through use of cell phones.
We support updating ECPA to ensure that whether your information is stored online, in the cloud or in a file cabinet, government officials must go through the same search warrant process to access it.
We are committed to ECPA reform and to making things such as the “180 Day Loophole” a thing of the past and we hope that you will join us in order to make this a reality!