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California Can Teach The Rest Of Us An Important Lesson In Digital Privacy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 10.09.2015 | Technology

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed the nation's strongest digital privacy law yet, codifying a simple principle: All of our existing right...

Dear Uncle Sam: If You Want Our Email Or Data, Please Get A Warrant

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 01.03.2017 | Technology

It's a given that laws governing a democratic society will always lag technology. But the statutes governing our emails and other electronic communica...

The Web Is Worldwide -- Shouldn't Privacy Protections Be Global as Well?

Victoria Espinel | Posted 09.16.2016 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

Barging into a foreign data center would be a major invasion of that country's sovereignty. Imagine the uproar if foreign police tried to a similar move in the United States.

How Data From Wearable Tech Can Be Used Against You In A Court Of Law

Alexander Howard | Posted 06.30.2016 | Technology
Alexander Howard

When wearable computers can disprove what someone told police, you know you're living in a future that has arrived sooner than expected. According to LancasterOnline, a woman in Pennsylvania has been charged with knowingly filing a false report after forensic evidence and the data from her Fitbit undermined her claim of rape. This case should catalyze a national discussion about when and how suspects can or should disclose data from a wearable computing device.

Time to Break the Logjam on ECPA Reform

Victoria Espinel | Posted 12.21.2014 | Technology
Victoria Espinel

Email, photos and documents we store electronically are not any less important to our personal and professional lives than the ones we keep on paper. Yet they are still held to different standards: Authorities need a warrant to search a file cabinet, but not your hard drive or email.

Democrats Need to Stop Dragging Feet On Email Privacy Reform

Sam Tracy | Posted 07.13.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

President Obama has still not responded to the 100,000+ Americans who signed the We the People petition demanding ECPA reform (it's been 152 days -- for comparison, a petition to build a Death Star got a response within 29 days.).

The Problem Is NSA Overreach, Not the Technology We Use

Zachary Graves | Posted 02.16.2014 | Technology
Zachary Graves

Blaming big tech companies for enabling our runaway surveillance state is like blaming Toyota or Ford for drunk drivers. It's a dangerous distraction, and it's the wrong strategy if we want to reform the system.

Matt Sledge

The FBI Can Still Read Your Email Without A Warrant, But This Bill Would Change That | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.05.2013 | Politics

Activists are making a last-minute push to get an email privacy bill passed this congressional session, in the hopes they can reform a law that allows...

Tell the White House to Fix ECPA and Protect Our Electronic Privacy

Christopher Calabrese | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Christopher Calabrese

This might come as a shock to you, but the privacy of many of your electronic communications has a six-month expiration date. That's because the law governing access to our online communications was written in 1986.

Matt Sledge

Senator Blasts IRS Email Snooping | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A civil liberties-minded senator from Colorado is hitting the IRS over its claim that it doesn't need a warrant to read emails in its sear...

DOJ: Electronic Communications Privacy Act's 180-Day Stored Email Rule Not 'Principled'

Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Ryan J. Reilly

WASHINGTON -- A top Justice Department official said Tuesday there is "no principled basis" to treat email less than 180 days old differently than ema...

Matt Sledge

Lawmakers Introduce New Online Privacy Bill | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.07.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives introduced a bill on Wednesday to force the FBI to get a warrant before it...

Matt Sledge

Federal Judge Puts A Price On Privacy | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics

NEW HAVEN -- Privacy has a price. For Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, it comes out to $2,400 a year. Kozinski, who...

Data Privacy Day - Version 2013

Christopher Burgess | Posted 03.30.2013 | Technology
Christopher Burgess

As we arrive at the conclusion of another Data Privacy Month, and turn to celebrate Data Privacy Day, Jan. 28, I can say with a great deal of certainty, we should not be celebrating. Our privacy was collectively hosed in 2012.

The Internet Association Celebrates 2013 Data Privacy Day, Urges 113th Congress to Pass Electronic Privacy Reform

Michael Beckerman | Posted 03.30.2013 | Technology
Michael Beckerman

Did you know that a law written before email was commercially available governs the way the government can access your data online?

Matt Sledge

Microsoft Won't Say Whether Skype Is Tapped | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.24.2013 | Technology

Privacy advocates are calling on Microsoft to disclose whether -- and how often -- governments are snooping on Skype users, a move that comes as the s...

Keystone Cops Subpoena Google For Facebook's Data

Matt Sledge | Posted 03.24.2013 | Politics
Matt Sledge

Email privacy is a tangled subject: the Electronic Communication Privacy Act (ECPA) governing when the police or FBI can read your messages was writte...

Netflix Social Sharing Bill Heads To Obama

Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics

Congress just passed a bill that lets you share your Michael Bay movie marathon with everyone on Facebook. What you still can't do: send an email with...

Matt Sledge

Senate Judiciary Votes To Require Warrant For Email Snooping | Matt Sledge | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday to force cops to get a warrant to spy on your email. It was a first step toward beating...

Senator Dismisses Report That Proposed Bill Would Allow Warrantless Email Surveillance

The Huffington Post | Adam Goldberg | Posted 11.21.2012 | Technology

The office of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is pushing back against charges that he is tweaking legislation in order to give the government warrantless p...

Warrant Requirement Past Due for Cell Phone Tracking

Leslie Harris | Posted 06.03.2012 | Technology
Leslie Harris

The ACLU notes that nearly all of the more than 200 police departments in their report said that they track cell phones; however, only a fraction of those departments get a warrant from a judge.

Not Without A Warrant

Leslie Harris | Posted 11.27.2011 | Technology
Leslie Harris

Anytime the government wants to peek at your online photos, read your emails, or track your mobile phone it should follow the same rules as it does offline, stand before a judge and get a warrant.

Don't Tread on My Cloud

Leslie Harris | Posted 08.20.2011 | Technology
Leslie Harris

Yes, the security concerns about cloud computing are valid -- the recent hacks of Google accounts belonging to government officials are just one example -- but security in the cloud should not be as controversial as commentators have suggested.

Time to Safeguard Electronic Communications

J. Bradley Jansen | Posted 06.07.2011 | Technology
J. Bradley Jansen

The technological advancements outpacing legal updates now threaten our privacy, security and economic competitiveness.