All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘ECPA’

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

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 are now fighting against it. The Hill reports that the Justice Department and the SEC have formally asked the Senators …

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Texas Kind Of Protects Your Email Privacy With New Law

Before the NSA leaks, everybody thought the worst the government could do was obtain your email without a warrant. Well, they can still do that, but Texas has just made it harder for local law enforcement to do the same. Ars Technica reports that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed into law a bill that requires local and state law …

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Sen. Rand Paul Introduces Online Privacy Protection Bill

There’s not a lack of online privacy protection bills floating around Congress at the moment, but it can’t hurt to have one more. On Thursday, Sen. Rand Paul introduced the Fourth Amendment Preservation and Protection Act, or S. 1037, to the Senate. Like other bills before it, the proposed legislation aims to require law enforcement to obtain warrants when accessing …

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Justice Department Says It May Support Email Privacy Bill

In the debate over email privacy, law enforcement has usually been on the side claiming a warrant requirement when accessing email would impede investigations. It’s a good sign then when the largest law enforcement agency – the Department of Justice – comes out in support of a warrant requirement. The Hill reports that Attorney General Eric Holder told the House …

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Senate To Take Up Email Privacy Bill Today

UPDATE: And it passed. Last week, Sen. Patrick Leahy said that the Senate Judiciary Committee would be marking up an update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The decades old bill allows law enforcement to obtain emails without a warrant as long as said email is 180 days old. The Hill reports that both the Senate and the House will …

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IRS Tells Congress That It Obtains Warrants Before 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 the agency is firing back saying it does no such thing. The Hill reports that IRS Commissioner Steven Miller was …

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Senate Judiciary Committee 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. The Hill reports that the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to mark-up Sen. Patrick Leahy’s ECPA amendment on Thursday morning. S.607 …

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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 than 180 days old. Now one lawmaker wants the IRS to explain itself. The Hill reports that Rep. Charles Boustany, …

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The IRS Doesn’t Think The Fourth Amendment Applies To Your Email

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 online via email or other electronic information, there is no such protection. In a Freedom of Information Act request, the …

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Rep. Louie Gohmert 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 into Microsoft’s claim. During an ECPA hearing this week, Rep. Louie Gohmert was questioning Google’s Richard Salgado about Gmail and …

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Sen. Patrick Leahy Introduces ECPA Reform Bill In The Senate

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 experts, and law enforcement on potential fixes for the ECPA. Now the Senate is finally ready to reveal its bill …

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Google’s Richard Salgado Says 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 Security, Richard Salgado. We weren’t sure exactly which way he would go with his testimony, but it appears that privacy …

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Email Privacy Hearing Set To Go Before The House On Tuesday

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 issue tomorrow. The Hill reports that the House Judiciary Committee has announced who will be attending the hearing on ECPA …

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Can States Do A Better Job Of Protecting Online Privacy?

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 side. Now a new force is attempting to pass similar laws, and it just might have a chance. It was …

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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 additions. Lofgren announced today that she has introduced the Online Communications and Geolocation Protection Act in the House. As its …

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Will Congress Finally Pass An Email Privacy Bill This Year?

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. With a new Congress comes a new chance to pass it, and some lawmakers are taking that chance. The Hill …

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Obama Signs Amended VPPA Into Law: Netflix Users Can Now Share Viewing History On Facebook

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 that passed both the House and the Senate. Now the bill is officially signed into law. The Hill reports that …

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The FISA Debate Proves That Congress Doesn’t Care About Your Privacy

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 standards like Do Not Track to better protect the privacy of those who use the Internet day in and day …

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Law Enforcement Now Wants Wireless Carriers To Store Your Text Messages As Evidence

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 state, the bill will force law enforcement to obtain a warrant when snooping through your email. Law enforcement groups wont …

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ECPA Clears Senate Committee, Will Go To Vote Next Year

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 over 180 days old. There was a lot of resistance on the part of law enforcement when the amendment was …

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Should Law Enforcement Be Required To Obtain Warrants When Snooping Through Email?

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 didn’t like that requirement and complained. It looks like it worked as the bill is just a shadow of its …

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Rep. Zoe Lofgren Is A True Internet Hero

The Internet is constantly under attack from those who would seek to control it. This year alone, we have seen numerous attempts to regulate the Internet in the name of safety, security, preventing terrorism or just because outdated businesses can’t evolve with the times. That’s why it’s always refreshing to see somebody in government actually understand the importance of keeping …

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Email Privacy Law Going Before Senate Committee Today

A Senate committee is going to soon discuss whether or not you should be allowed to share your Netflix history on Facebook. Some people are for it, while others are against it. More importantly, Sen. Patrick Leahy has snuck an update to another outdated bill into the discussion. Leahy wants to fix the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The bill was …

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