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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…