White House Report On Big Data Calls For Email Privacy Reform

The White House this week released a report on big data in which it calls for an update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The act, which should in fact be called the Electronic Communications Lack Of Privacy Act, is sorely in need of reform. The ECPA allows the government to access email that is older than 180 […]

Obama panel supports warrant requirement for e-mail, cloud content

On Thursday, a panel commissioned by President Barack Obama to examine the implications of “big data” concluded that cloud and e-mail content should be constitutionally protected—a recommendation that Congress is seemingly unwilling to adopt. The panel—which included White House counselor John Podesta, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, the President’s Science […]

Privacy backers looking for email protections

Police shouldn’t be able to search people’s emails without a warrant, privacy and civil liberties backers said on Friday. Advocates urged congressional staffers to get their bosses to support updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), a 1986 law that allows authorities to search emails without a warrant as long as they have been stored […]

White House pimps Bieber for immigration, but neglects email privacy reform

The White House used an online petition calling for the deportation of Canadian pop star Justin Bieber to promote its immigration agenda, yet a petition regarding American’s email privacy remains unanswered. EMAIL PRIVACY: The White House would rather respond to a petition about Justin Bieber than one about email privacy. The anti-Bieber petition, hosted on the White […]

Despite Lavabit contempt order, e-mail privacy stalled in Congress

A federal appeals court is holding in contempt the operator of a now-defunct e-mail service because he refused to abide by a court order and turn over the crypto keys and expose Lavabit’s 400,000 customers to the government’s prying eyes. Equally troubling as that Wednesday decision by the Fourth US Circuit Court of Appeals may […]

Is the SEC Obtaining Emails Without a Warrant?

Updates to the email privacy law called the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) are long overdue. It’s common sense that emails and other online private messages (like Twitter direct messages) are protected by the Fourth Amendment. But for a long time, the Department of Justice (DOJ) argued ECPA allowed it to circumvent the Fourth Amendment […]

SEC Pressed To Support Email Privacy Reform

Conservative and civil liberties groups pushed the head of the Securities & Exchange Commission to support email privacy reform in a letter sent Wednesday. Saying that SEC Chairman Mary Jo White’s agency has made “contradictory or misleading statements” about how often it searches emails without a warrant, the groups asked her to clarify the agency’s […]

Lofgren calls for sweeping NSA, email privacy reforms

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Cailf.) repeated calls for sweeping privacy reforms to address both National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance and digital privacy from law enforcement agencies. Congress has to examine “whether the fourth amendment really is available to modern Americans in a digital age,” Lofgren said Wednesday, speaking at a Computer and Communications Industry Association event. […]

SEC Is A Due Process Nightmare: Searches Emails Without A Warrant, Refuses To Share Exculpatory Evidence

Back in December, we wrote about the effort to push for ECPA reform by noting that one of the main government agencies fighting against it was the SEC, which wanted the ability to snoop through your emails without getting a warrant. If you don’t remember, ECPA is an excessively outdated law from 1986, whose definitions make no sense […]

Utah Enacts Significant Location and Communications Privacy Bill

On Monday, Utah became the first state to enact legislation simultaneously protecting location information and electronic communications content, regardless of age, from government access—ensuring that state and local law enforcement can only access that sensitive information when there is good reason to believe that it will reveal evidence of a crime, or in true emergencies. This is notable for two […]


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