An Important Week To Speak Up To Protect Innovation And Privacy
from the two-important-issues dept
The second issue is what's known as ECPA reform -- which may sound boring, but is incredibly important. These are the very out of date rules concerning when law enforcement needs (and more importantly, when they don't need) to get a warrant to sniff through your personal data. A bunch of consumer rights groups, privacy rights groups and internet companies are all teaming up on Thursday for a day of action to get people to call upon Congress to finally update ECPA to protect your privacy. There's a White House Petition on this, and there are some solid indications that if that can get over 100,000 signatures, the White House may finally be willing to move on this, despite very strong resistance from the likes of the SEC and IRS who like that they get to snoop through your emails without a warrant. I'll be taking part in a Reddit AMA about ECPA reform on Thursday, and a bunch of companies and sites will be promoting ways to contact Congress about ECPA reform on that day as well. Oh, and also the folks over at TechFreedom have put together this astoundingly awesome infographic about "what's so bad about ECPA" that you should check out.
So, again, use today and tomorrow to let Congress (and your friends) know about the importance of passing patent reform, and on Thursday speak up about ECPA reform. These two issues are both quite important in encouraging innovation while protecting our privacy.