Tag Archives: ECPA

Celebrating Constitution Day the advocacy way

Capitol at sunset

 “Dear Congressional Leaders – We write to urge you to bring to the floor S. 607 and H.R. 1852, the bipartisan Leahy-Lee and Yoder-Polis bills updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Updating ECPA would respond to the deeply held concerns of Americans about their privacy. S. 607 and H.R. 1852 would make it clear that the warrant standard of ... Read More »

Day of Action to Demand ECPA Reform

Today, the American Library Association is joining a nationwide day of action calling for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the law that says the government can access your email and documents in the cloud without a warrant. ECPA is one of the Internet’s most outdated laws — it was enacted in 1986, before most people had access ... Read More »

The ECPA Reform Movement Continues

Today, a coalition of two dozen organizations is relaunching VanishingRights.com, a site that calls on Congress to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act – also known as ECPA. ECPA, one of the Internet’s most outdated laws, allows hundreds of federal agencies–including the IRS, FBI, and DEA–as well as state and local agencies to demand access to your old emails and ... Read More »

Protection of online privacy moves forward in bipartisan vote!

The Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC) took an important bipartisan vote today to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA) and strengthen the privacy protection of emails and documents stored online in the “cloud.” Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chair of the SJC, spearheaded an amendment to the existing law to require that the government seek warrants before law enforcement, ... Read More »

Tell your senators: ‘Don’t let ECPA threaten my electronic privacy!’

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act — or ECPA as it is affectionately called — is scheduled for markup this Thursday, November 29th, in the Senate Judiciary Committee (SJC). Originally enacted in 1986 when technology was less complex and less embedded in our lives, ECPA is again up for reauthorization. There is a need for ECPA reform given all the new technologies ... Read More »