Congress Takes Up Online Privacy Legislation

Digital 4th Spokespeople Available to Preview Upcoming Congressional Activity on Privacy Rights in the Digital Age

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In advance of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee markup and House of Representatives Hearing on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA):

In case you missed it, today POLITICO published an op-ed by Rep. Ted Poe (TX) outlining that “the way we communicate electronically has changed, but the law related to its privacy has not. ECPA allows government agencies to demand from service providers any email, any documents, anything at all that we’ve stored online for longer than 180 days. Big government can call on a private company to turn over your information if it’s been stored online for more than six months. This circumvents the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against “unreasonable searches and seizures” of Americans’ “persons, houses, papers and personal effects,” except when there is probable cause to believe a crime is being committed and a judge has issued a search warrant. Our right to privacy has been curtailed by a law written for a time that exists only in memory, For technology, that seems as outdated to us as the telegraph.”

Source: Press Release – Digital 4th


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