CDT is fighting to reform the outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act to protect your digital communications.
Revelations about the NSA’s intrusive surveillance programs have recently dominated headlines and the public’s attention. However, the NSA is not the only agency claiming broad powers. An outdated law – the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) – says that hundreds of other government agencies can get your email without a warrant.
Fortunately, legislation to strengthen online privacy is gaining serious momentum in Congress, and the White House has also come out in support of reform.
Please help us build momentum by calling your Representative today and asking him or her to cosponsor the Email Privacy Act (HR 1852). Go to Vanishing Rights, where we have everything you need to make your voice heard. Don’t be shy and don’t be apathetic: Members of Congress do like to hear from constituents and even a few phone calls can make a difference.
ECPA, enacted in 1986 before most people owned a computer or had email, says that government agencies like the IRS, FBI, and even local government agencies can access stored emails and documents in the cloud without first getting a warrant from a judge. This flies directly in the face of our constitutional values. It is imperative to update ECPA so that our email and documents in the cloud have the same protections as our postal mail and the papers we store in our desks.