The Digital 4th coalition announced a nationwide day of action on Thursday, December 5, calling for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The day will bring together technology companies, startups and advocates to call on the White House to support modernizing ECPA and keep the government out of Americans’ private online communications. It will also encourage Americans to sign the petition, which urges the White House to break its silence and stand up for ECPA reform.
“People don’t know how little their rights are being protected online. That’s because the law governing access to our online communications was written in 1986 – before the age of Facebook, Twitter and cloud computing. Legislation to reform ECPA has received major support in both the House and Senate. We urge the White House to join us in supporting a strong ECPA reform bill and to reject exemptions for civil agencies,” said Laura Murphy, Director of the Washington Legislative Office at the American Civil Liberties Union.
The day of action has the support of a number of companies and organizations, including Twitter, FreedomWorks, Tumblr, TechFreedom, Google and Engine Advocacy, among others.
“The Electronic Communications Privacy Act is woefully outdated. We’re calling on all Americans to join us in reforming ECPA by signing our White House petition. Updating ECPA will help protect the individual freedoms we are guaranteed by the Constitution by extending Fourth Amendment rights to the digital age,” said Tripp Baird, Senior Legislative Strategist at Heritage Action for America.