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Google, Facebook And Others Are Fighting To Protect Your Email Privacy

Google, Facebook And Others Are Fighting To Protect Your Email Privacy

By Zach Walton July 15, 2013 | 5 Comments

Remember the ECPA? The bill, and others like it, would require government officials to obtain a warrant before requesting emails and other communication data from any Internet service provider. Some in government don’t like that proposed requirement very much, and …

IRS Says It Obtains Warrants When Searching Emails IRS Says It Obtains Warrants When Searching Emails

Late last week, the ACLU reported that the IRS probably obtained emails without a warrant. The group came to this conclusion after an agency handbook from 2009 said that Internet users “do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.” Now …

Senate To Debate ECPA Reform This Week Senate To Debate ECPA Reform This Week

ECPA, or the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, has long been in need of an update. The Senate tried last year, but ran out of time. Now it’s a priority and it will hopefully get the time it deserves this week. …

Congressman Wants The IRS To Explain Itself Congressman Wants The IRS To Explain Itself

It was revealed earlier this week that the IRS probably digs through your email without a warrant during its investigations. It’s able to do this thanks to the outdated ECPA which allows government agencies to obtain emails that are more …

IRS Says Fourth Amendment Doesn't Apply To Email IRS Says Fourth Amendment Doesn't Apply To Email
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The IRS runs a number of tax audits each year, and as such, has to obtain information on private citizens. If the information is in a physical format, the agency must obtain a warrant to access it. If it’s stored …

Congressman Thinks We're Being Scroogled Congressman Thinks We're Being Scroogled

Microsoft’s latest, and now retired, Scroogled campaign focused on accusations that Google violates your privacy by screening your emails and serving ads. It’s true that Google does serve ads on emails through a computerized algorithm, but one congressman has bought …

Sen. Patrick Leahy Introduces ECPA Reform Bill Sen. Patrick Leahy Introduces ECPA Reform Bill

The House has been unusually proactive early this year in attempting to pass email privacy protections through an updated Electronic Communications Privacy Act. In fact, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing this morning to gather testimonies from Google, law …

ECPA Reform Is Needed To Preserve Innovation ECPA Reform Is Needed To Preserve Innovation

We brought you word yesterday that the House Judiciary Committee would be holding a hearing on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or ECPA. One of the people called in to testify is Google’s Legal Director of Law Enforcement and Information …

ECPA Hearing Set For House Tomorrow ECPA Hearing Set For House Tomorrow
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Late last month, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said that reforming the decades old Electronic Communications Privacy Act was a priority for him in 2013. He’s making good on his word by holding a hearing on the hotly debated …

Can States Better Protect Online Privacy? Can States Better Protect Online Privacy?
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In cyberlaw, 2012 was defined by the federal government attempting to pass laws that either broke the Internet, or helped protect it. Neither side was successful, however, and the year was marked by a number of defeated laws on both …

Zoe Lofgren Tries For ECPA Reform Once Again Zoe Lofgren Tries For ECPA Reform Once Again

Alongside the much needed Aaron’s Law, Internet superhero Rep. Zoe Lofgren has reintroduced her ECPA amendment into the House for consideration. The new bill keeps many of the protections from last year’s ECPA 2.0 Act, but features a few important …

Will Congress Finally Pass An Email Privacy Bill? Will Congress Finally Pass An Email Privacy Bill?
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An updated Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or ECPA, was a good idea proposed at the wrong time. The amendment would have protected our privacy in online communications, but its proposal at the end of the last Congress ensured its demise. …

Obama Signs Amended VPPA Into Law Obama Signs Amended VPPA Into Law
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In 2012, Netflix spent the year battling a decades old law that said its users couldn’t share what their viewing history on Facebook or social networks. The company started lobbying Congress and its efforts finally paid off with a bill …

Congress Doesn't Care About Privacy At All Congress Doesn't Care About Privacy At All
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Online privacy was a big ticket item in 2012. More and more people are becoming concerned with just how much of their personal lives are available online for everyone to see. In fact, there’s been a push to adopt certain …

The Next Fight For Privacy Will Be Over SMS The Next Fight For Privacy Will Be Over SMS
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Last week, the ECPA amendment that would greatly enhance Americans’ privacy has passed its first hurdle in the Senate. Now the bill will head for a proper vote in the Senate and House next year. If passed in its current …

ECPA Amendment Clears Senate Committee ECPA Amendment Clears Senate Committee
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Sen. Patrick Leahy’s ECPA amendment is an important one. It would require the authorities to obtain a warrant before pilfering emails. The current bill allows the authorities to access email with only a subpoena if the email in question is …

Should Warrants Be Required To Snoop Through Email? Should Warrants Be Required To Snoop Through Email?
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Senator Patrick Leahy was one of the good guys back in September. He was proposing a rewrite to the 26-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act that would require the feds to obtain a warrant to read your email. The Justice Department …