Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

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Why America Needs ECPA Reform



Online Privacy Rights in 1986 vs. 2013


We've come a long way since 1986, but our nation's digital privacy laws haven't kept pace. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) has not been updated in nearly three decades. Watch this video to learn more about the need for ECPA reform!

Our Mission

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.

Recent News

  • Tax Day: Is your information safe from the IRS?

    By Grover Norquist - President, Americans for Tax Reform, The Daily Caller, April 15, 2014

    Today millions of Americans will file their taxes with the federal government. But can the IRS be trusted with your personal information?

  • SEC Stands in the Way of Online Privacy Reform

    Press Release, April 10, 2014

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Digital 4th - a privacy coalition comprised of the Center for Democracy & Technology, Americans for Tax Reform, American Civil Liberties Union, and Heritage Action for America - today called on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to stop opposing online privacy reform. In a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, the coalition noted that there was bi-partisan support to amend the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to prohibit warrantless government access to emails, photos, documents, and other private information stored online.

  • SEC Pressed To Support Email Privacy Reform

    By Matt Sledge, Huffington Post, April 10, 2014

    Conservative and civil liberties groups pushed the head of the Securities & Exchange Commission to support email privacy reform in a letter sent Wednesday.

  • Groups push feds on email privacy

    By Julian Hattem, The Hill, April 10, 2014

    Privacy and civil liberties advocates are pushing regulators and the Obama administration to support an end to warrantless searches of people’s emails.

  • In our opinion: Digital Fourth Amendment

    By In Our Opinion, For the Deseret News, March 27, 2014

    The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees that the "right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated."