Sen. Moran Moves to Protect Americans’ Email Privacy

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) has cosponsored the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act (S.607), bipartisan legislation to protect the privacy of American citizens online by updating the privacy protections for electronic communications stored by third-party service providers – including email and social media services. The importance of updating the privacy protections was recently underscored by an […]

No Warrant, No Problem: How the Government Can Get Your Digital Data

The government isn’t allowed to wiretap American citizens without a warrant from a judge. But there are plenty of legal ways for law enforcement, from the local sheriff to the FBI to the Internal Revenue Service, to snoop on the digital trails you create every day. Authorities can often obtain your emails and texts by […]

Google Tells Cops to Get Warrants for User E-Mail, Cloud Data

Google demands probable-cause, court-issued warrants to divulge the contents of Gmail and other cloud-stored documents to authorities in the United States — a startling revelation Wednesday that runs counter to federal law that does not always demand warrants. The development surfaced as Google publicly announced that more than two-thirds of the user data Google forwards […]

U.S. bill on email privacy gathers majority support in the House

A bill to force government agencies to get warrants before they access the email of people under investigation advanced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday after a majority of lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors. Advocates of the reform, which have included large tech companies such as Google, welcomed the news of 218 lawmakers […]

Email Privacy Is Only Half the Battle in Surveillance Reform

Poll data released yesterday revealed a vast majority of Americans support online privacy reform, but what that means in detail is less clear. According to a new Vox Populi poll, more than 80 percent of people across six states and Los Angeles believe the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), a law that permits warrantless searches of emails older […]

Poll Indicates Broad Support For Email Privacy Overhaul

While we argue about how to best curtail the NSA, and precisely what constitutes meaningful reform, a gaping privacy hole remains open regarding our email: The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986 allows for email that has been stored by a user for more than 180 days to be accessed without a warrant. No, this issue still isn’t resolved. A new […]

E-mail privacy hasn’t been updated in 28 years. This could be the bill to do it.

Thanks to a law that was written before “Robocop,” law enforcement agencies are allowed to poke around inside your e-mail inbox without a warrant. Messages from six months ago are fair game. So are e-mails you’ve already opened. Other types of content we typically store in the cloud these days — photos, videos, documents, contacts […]

These Harvard And MIT Kids Say They’ve Made NSA-Proof Email

Those who worry that Gmail or the National Security Agency may be rifling through their emails now have a new alternative: ProtonMail, a super-secure email service created by students from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “It was the Snowden leaks that got us started,” ProtonMail founder and front-end developer Jason Stockman told The Huffington […]

I Don’t Use Gmail, but Google Still Has Lots of My Personal Emails

This post originally appearedon Benjamin Mako Hill’s blog Copyrighteous. For almost 15 years, I have run my own email server, which I use for all of my non-work correspondence. I do so to keep autonomy, control, and privacy over my email and so that no big company has copies of all of my personal email. A few years […]

Why Obama’s ‘big data’ report matters

“Big data,” meet “big mo.” Lawmakers and privacy advocates are hopeful that the release of the White House’s “big data” report could lend momentum to surveillance, data security and privacy legislation that is pending in Congress. The White House report was commissioned by President Obama in response to last year’s controversy over National Security Agency […]

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