Electronic Communications Privacy Act

  • 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