Your old emails are fair game to the US government

Government officials who want to read any emails sent and received by Americans more than six months ago can do so without a search warrant, Lindsay Wise of McClatchy reports. Emails older than 180 days are fair game to federal agents who can access your old documents using the administrative subpoena power given the government by a […]

Bipartisan, bicameral group introduces bill protecting online privacy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A bipartisan, bicameral group of legislators introduced a bill on Wednesday to modernize our nation’s electronic privacy laws and bring protections against warrantless searches into harmony with the technological realities of the 21st century. The “Electronic Communications Privacy Amendments Act of 2015” was submitted in the Senate by Sens. Mike Lee and Patrick […]

Congress considers updating 1986 law that lets police read emails

An antiquated federal law that currently allows police officers in the United States to warrantlessly obtain and read emails could soon undergo a major update if some members of Congress have their say. Mere weeks into the start of the 114th Congress, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are asking their colleagues to consider […]

Senators resurrect bill to require a warrant for email searches

Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are renewing their push to add increased protection to people’s emails. The bipartisan duo urged all of their colleagues to support an update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which currently allows law enforcement to access email older than 180 days without a warrant, as well as […]

NSA admits to a decade’s worth of improper surveillance of Americans in holiday document dump

The National Security Agency quietly admitted on Christmas Eve to a decade’s worth of privacy violations in accordance with a lawsuit.  In the executive summary accompanying the document dump the NSA stated that ‘the vast majority’ of incidents were the result of ‘unintentional technical or human error’ and in ‘very few cases’ was the agency’s […]

White House silent on privacy debate

Here’s an interesting question. What do Jimmy Kimmel, the Death Star, major league baseball and home brewing all have in common? The White House has responded to public petitions dealing with each of these subject matters. What’s not on this list? ECPA (Electronic Communications Privacy Act) reform which would update the country’s woefully outdated digital […]

Friday Q&A: CDT’s Chris Calabrese

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. […]

Tick Tock: The Time for Electronic Privacy Reform is Now

In 1986, Top Gun and Crocodile Dundee were packing movie theaters. Peter Gabriel and The Bangles were putting out hit music. Microsoft held its initial public offering of stock shares. And 28 years ago this week — on October 21, 1986 the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 became law. Long before emails and cloud […]

Endurance International Signs Letter to Support ECPA Reform

BURLINGTON, Mass., Sep 12, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Endurance International Group EIGI, -1.12% a leading cloud-based platform solutions provider helping small and medium-sized businesses succeed online, announced today that it has signed a letter to members of Congress to urge the passing of a clean Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) reform bill this year. Endurance joins many other large […]

Checking email from the beach, Washington?

Many Washington officials are hitting the beach this week, but Microsoft isn’t letting that stop its campaign against the Justice Department over emails on the company’s servers. Starting Wednesday, the software giant is running full-page ads in the newspapers of a number of popular beach spots frequented by Washingtonians to make the case for why […]


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