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The Email Privacy Act Passes in House, Next Stop: Senate

Two years after the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387) was first introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, it was revisited Monday, Febuary 6th, and passed unanimously. This is a huge victory for proponents of digital privacy, but the fight is not over quite yet. Now that is has been passed in the House, it will need to be passed by the Senate before Americans’ right to email privacy can finally be updated for the 21st century.

04/03/2017
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Email Privacy Act Statement

FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented on the passage of H.R. 387, the Email Privacy Act, in the House yesterday evening.

02/07/2017
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Key Vote

Key Vote YES on the Email Privacy Act, H.R. 387

On behalf of FreedomWorks’ activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and urge him or her to vote YES on the Email Privacy Act, H.R. 387, introduced by Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.). The legislation seeks to protect emails, data, and digital communications by requiring authorities to obtain a search warrant before gaining access to such forms of communication.

02/03/2017
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Support the Email Privacy Act, H.R. 387

On behalf of FreedomWorks’ activist community, I urge you to contact your representative and urge him or her to cosponsor the Email Privacy Act, H.R. 387, if they have not already done so. Introduced by Rep. Kevin Yoder, the Email Privacy Act brings the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986 into the 21st Century.

01/10/2017
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Key Vote NO on H.R. 4919 - Kevin and Avonte's Law

As one of our activists nationwide, I urge you to contact your representative and ask them to vote NO on H.R. 4919, Kevin and Avonte’s Law. This bill would extend the reach of the federal government into areas that should be left to the states, localities, and families.

12/07/2016
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Rule 41 Violates Fourth Amendment

The Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules for the Judicial Conference of the United States has proposed an amendment to Rule 41. While these rules are typically procedural changes, the proposed changes in Rule 41 are actually a substantive policy change that provides federal law enforcement sweeping new powers to remotely search and seize electronic storage media.

10/14/2016
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The Digital Age Warrants Constitutional Protections

In the majority opinion for the unanimous Court in Riley v. California (2014), Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought.” This “go get a warrant” sentiment is echoed again and again in more recent cases involving cell phone privacy. By taking a closer look at how exactly a search warrant works, it becomes increasingly clear that this protection is needed now more than ever as we enter the digital age.

07/19/2016
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Ruling Celebrated as Fourth Amendment Victory Leaves Unanswered Questions

A federal judge in New York ruled for the first time on Tuesday that the use of a surveillance device to capture cell phone location information constitutes a warrantless search. In the case, Lambis v. United States, government officials used a stingray device to track a drug suspect. Stingrays, also known as “cell site simulators,” force cell phones in the area to transmit signals that pinpoint the user’s location through cell site location information, or CSLI data.

07/13/2016
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FreedomWorks Statement on Senate Vote on McCain Amendment to Expand Warrantless Searches

Following an unsuccessful vote on the amendment offered by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to expand warrantless searches, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:

06/22/2016
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Congress Seeks to Expand Warrantless Surveillance Under the Patriot Act

BY Adam Brandon and Karin Johanson

How would you feel if the Federal Bureau of Investigation could get information about websites you visited or emails you sent – without ever getting permission from a judge? Would you begin to self-censor the websites you visited – maybe avoiding revealing sites? Or, avoid emailing your pastor, therapist, or lawyer? These scenarios may soon no longer be hypothetical.

06/22/2016

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