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Email Privacy Reform Should Not Be Controversial

Following Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-Utah) withdrawal of the ECPA Amendments Act from the Senate Judiciary Committee, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:

06/09/2016
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California Helps Pave the Way for Digital Privacy Reform

As attempts to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) are continually stalled out in Washington, California took the initiative, and Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) signed a new bill into law last week. CalECPA or S.B. 178 greatly strengthens state privacy standards compared to federal requirements under ECPA. Most importantly, the legislation mandates that state authorities must obtain a warrant to access any private emails, regardless of age. This is a notable change from the previous standard, which allowed authorities access to the same content without a warrant as long as the emails were dated past 180 days. Additionally, the bill would also require California authorities to obtain a warrant not only for emails, but for digital records, texts, and a user’s geographical location as well. Even further, the protections provided in this bill would be applied to online storage services in addition to electronic devices.

10/14/2015
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ECPA Reform is a Continued Necessity

On Wednesday, September 16, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held another important hearing to discuss reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, more specifically in regard to S.356, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015. This proposed amendment, which was introduced to the Senate in February by Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), has somehow been continually ignored despite attracting 22 cosponsors in the Senate and almost 300 cosponsors in the House, enough for a comfortable supermajority.

09/30/2015
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FreedomWorks Activists Send 5K+ Messages to Support New Email Privacy Bill

A bipartisan group of legislators introduced a bill to protect email privacy today in the House and Senate. FreedomWorks activists sent over 5,000 messages to Congress prior to the bill’s release, urging their representatives to cosponsor this important piece of legislation.

02/04/2015
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Good News! Majority of House Now Supports ECPA Reform!

Good news! The Email Privacy Act has reached 218 cosponsors!

06/20/2014
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Tell Your Representative to Support the Email Privacy Act

The government can't search your physical mailbox without a warrant - why should your email inbox be any different?

06/04/2014
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Top Ten Reasons to Reform Digital Privacy Rights

Top Ten Reasons to Reform Digital Privacy Rights By Scott Alford

08/05/2013
Starve the Bureaucratic Beast: Support A Pure Leahy-Lee Amendment
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Starve the Bureaucratic Beast: Support A Pure Leahy-Lee Amendment

The last time legislators updated the Electronic Communication Privacy Act (ECPA) was when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was a toddler. With new technological innovation and new privacy concerns, Congress must cooperate to bring the laws into the 21st Century. Reforming the ECPA is necessary to guarantee our Constitutional protection against warrantless digital searches and seizures. The answer is the Leahy Lee-Amendment.

07/29/2013