If You're An American Who Believes In The 4th Amendment, You Have No Excuse Not To Sign This Petition
from the don't-let-it-continue dept
Why is this important to you? Because, without it, it's much easier for the government to snoop on your emails without a warrant. What people want is for emails and regular mail to be treated the same, which is simply not the case today.
I know that many people have dismissed the whole concept of White House petitions, and take a rather cynical view of the whole thing. That's a very dangerous approach here, only helping to further the problems:
- Yes, it's true that the White House has ignored certain petitions in the past. It's also true that there are certain issues where the White House doesn't really seem to care what people have to say, it's made up its mind.
- But, that is not always the case, and the White House has used these petitions to take strong positions in the past -- including on things like SOPA and mobile phone unlocking. When accompanied by a strong campaign beyond just the petition, the White House seems open to taking certain issues more seriously. This is one of those.
- By all indications, there are some in the White House who agree that ECPA is out of date and needs to be fixed. There appears to be an internal debate about where the official White House position will be -- whether it's siding with the IRS and SEC -- or with the 4th Amendment rights of the public. Having a ton of signatures from the American public on their side will absolutely help those in the White House who support real and meaningful ECPA reform push back against the agencies.
- This isn't an empty gesture. There are bills in the House and Senate to fix ECPA, close the loopholes and protect your 4th Amendment rights. Getting White House support could finally push those bills over the edge and make them law.
- Sticking with the cynical approach and refusing to sign guarantees failure. Not signing works to the advantage of the IRS and SEC and others who like using this loophole. Even if you're cynical about this, signing the petition at least gives it a chance to influence the debate.