WASHINGTON, DC - As part of a National Day of Action on ECPA reform, Digital 4th released a ‘Reform ECPA’ radio advertisement, which will run in the Washington, D.C. area, along with a video highlighting the need for reform and the diverse coalition of groups behind the effort.
The federal law on Internet privacy – the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or ECPA – was enacted in 1986 and has gone virtually unchanged since. It says that government agencies can access email and other content stored online without a warrant. Digital 4th has joined with dozens of organizations, technology companies and startups to petition the White House to support pending legislation that would update ECPA to make it clear that government agents cannot read citizens’ email without a warrant.
“On this National Day of Action, we join with technology companies, startups and advocates to call on the White House to support modernization of ECPA. The government should be required to get a warrant to access our online communications, including emails and private documents stored in the cloud. This reform has broad bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, but regulatory agencies want warrantless access. The Administration has to break its silence and support ECPA reform without carve-outs,” said Greg Nojeim, Senior Counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT).
Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in both the Senate and House to modernize ECPA. However, despite widespread support for strengthening privacy rights online, the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other federal agencies are holding up the legislation in an effort to gain new powers of warrantless access.