Now Is The Time To Reform Outdated Electronic Privacy Laws
from the vanishing-rights dept
A large group of organizations and companies -- including us at Floor64/Techdirt, along with (among others) EFF, Center for Democracy and Technology, Free Press, Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, ACLU, Engine Advocacy, CCIA, American Library Association, reddit, DuckDuckGo and more -- have teamed up to create VanishingRights.com, to push for a much needed update to ECPA's outdated rules. Instead, we'd like to see a return to basic 4th Amendment ideas like requiring a warrant to search for info. Sounds crazy, I know, but we're in an age where we actually have to tell Congress that it's time to respect the Constitution, because they seem to forget about it all too often.
The latest proposal to support ECPA reform, called the Email Privacy Act, or HR 1852, was introduced by Rep. Kevin Yoder and has 137 co-sponsors -- so it has significant support in Congress. But it needs more support if it's actually going to pass in this do-nothing Congress that we have.
Please check out the site, where you can let your elected officials that ECPA needs to be reformed, and that it should respect the basic tenets of the 4th Amendment. You can also read more about ECPA, why it's broken, and what it means for your privacy.