Electronic Communication Privacy -legislation drafted by Patrick Leahy
Posted 24 May 2011 - 07:00 PM
I'm proud to have drafted the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) back in 1986 to protect Americans' Fourth Amendment privacy rights at the dawn of the Information Age. But the growth of cloud computing, long-term email storage on third-party servers, and new location-aware mobile devices demands an update to this important privacy law.
So I just introduced the Electronic Communications Privacy Amendments Act, which would improve privacy protections and establish stronger legal standards by which the government can access your digital information.
Urge your members of Congress to support my Electronic Communications Privacy Amendments Act of 2011 today.
Current law allows government investigators and law enforcement to access your email and other personal data if it has been stored on a server for more than 180 days, without any judicial review.
My legislation would eliminate the "180-day rule" and require investigators to obtain a warrant to access any personal information stored on a third-party server. It would also require them to let you know about it, unless notification would endanger national security.
TechFreedom President Berin Szoka has noted "finally, we see a bill that focuses on the one clear harm that seems to underlie most online privacy concerns: law enforcement's access to personal data without judicial scrutiny."
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Posted 24 May 2011 - 09:08 PM
Does it really matter when they can come into your house for whatever reason they want at this point? Illegally, legally wire tap you?
Just sayin'...I sent in too though
Posted 24 May 2011 - 09:14 PM