Reform ECPA and Expand Privacy Rights to the Internet
Privacy rights should not stop online. Our mission at Digital 4th is to extend Fourth Amendment rights to the digital age by updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Private communications online need to be protected, just as they are when they occur through the mail or over the phone. Tracking a cell phone’s location over time should require a warrant, just like tracking a vehicle by attaching a GPS device does. By reforming ECPA, we can ensure all private communications and documents stored online receive the same protections from unreasonable search and seizure as information locally stored.
Editorial Board concludes Congress is falling far behind in bringing electronic privacy laws into the 21st century
While the nation's attention has focused on the National Security Agency's surveillance practices after former NSA employee Edward Snowden blew the whistle, another 4th Amendment privacy issue deserves even more attention.
President Obama plans to give a major speech today (Friday, Jan. 17) on government surveillance and privacy. What he says could go a long way to addressing Americans’ deep concerns about government intrusion into our private lives.
Recently I sent out an email to my church group requesting contact information for each family. A friend replied back jokingly that she shouldn’t need to supply all that information because surely the NSA has already been monitoring her emails for quite sometime and I should just contact them.
Privacy groups are hoping President Obama addresses more than just national security-related surveillance in his highly anticipated speech on Friday.