Electronic Communications Privacy Act

  • Email privacy could be a quick win for Trump and Congress Crunch Network

    Email privacy could be a quick win for Trump and Congress

    Congress could chalk up a quick, easy bipartisan victory for taxpayers if both the House and Senate determined to pass the Email Privacy Act as early as possible, and send it to President Trump for signature. Read More

  • A bill requiring the government to obtain a warrant to search your email just flew through the House

    A bill requiring the government to obtain a warrant to search your email just flew through the House

    A bill set to update online privacy laws dating back three decades just cruised through the House by unanimous vote for the second time. The bipartisan bill known as the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387), introduced by Colorado Rep. Jared Polis and Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder, would require the government to seek a warrant in order to access the email of American citizens. As it stands, ambiguity… Read More

  • Microsoft triumphs in warrant case against U.S. Government

    Microsoft triumphs in warrant case against U.S. Government

    In a surprise federal court ruling, Microsoft has won its lawsuit against the United States Government over a warrant for a customers’ emails. The company has been fighting since 2013 to resist turning over the emails, which are stored in an Irish data center. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled today that Microsoft is not required to comply with a warrant for the… Read More

  • A VHS-era privacy law in the Digital Age Crunch Network

    A VHS-era privacy law in the Digital Age

    As demonstrated by the overwhelming bipartisan support to overhaul the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, privacy laws passed in the 1980s are difficult to apply to today’s technology. Nowhere is this difficulty more evident than in cases dealing with the Video Privacy Protection Act. Read More

  • Microsoft sues Justice Department for transparency in government data searches

    Microsoft sues Justice Department for transparency in government data searches

    Microsoft sued the Justice Department today, challenging the constitutionality of the gag orders issued by the government that prevent tech companies from informing their customers when their data is accessed as part of an investigation. The suit challenges a provision in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) that allows courts to force Microsoft and other companies that offer… Read More

  • House committee votes unanimously for Email Privacy Act

    House committee votes unanimously for Email Privacy Act

    Maybe you’ve delighted in reading some of Hillary Clinton’s more humorous emails, released in several stages over the past year — there’s the one where she calls Harriet Tubman her “home girl,” or the time she jokes about Chinese hackers messing with her contacts. But imagine someone digging into your old emails and reading through all your bad jokes… Read More

  • Congress Takes Up Email Privacy Reform. Again.

    Two bills, one apiece in the upper and lower chambers of Congress, were introduced today aimed at reforming email privacy. They mark another attempt by the nation’s legislative bodies at reforming the requirements that the government must meet to read your digital missives. Read More

  • A Free Internet, If You Can Keep It

    A Free Internet, If You Can Keep It

    Editor’s note: U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D), a senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, represents California’s 16th Congressional District, which includes parts of Silicon Valley and San Jose in Santa Clara County.  It was nearly a year ago that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). Millions would raise their voices to successfully… Read More