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U.S. Postal Service Gets My Stamp of Approval

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.30.2014 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

We need to maintain a vibrant postal service, whether run under the auspices of the federal government or private enterprise. I'm willing to put up with the junk mail.

Matt Sledge

SEC Pressed To Support Email Privacy Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.10.2014 | Politics

Conservative and civil liberties groups pushed the head of the Securities & Exchange Commission to support email privacy reform in a letter sent Wedne...

Matt Sledge

Verizon Received 320,000 Law Enforcement Requests For Customer Data Last Year

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Verizon received 320,000 U.S. law enforcement requests for customer names, phone call records, text messages, and other kinds of customer data in 2013...

Matt Sledge

The FBI Can Still Read Your Email Without A Warrant, But This Bill Would Change That

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Destroying the Right to Be Left Alone

Christopher Calabrese | Posted 11.22.2013 | Politics
Christopher Calabrese

While in these last months the NSA has cast a long, dark shadow over American privacy, don't for a second imagine that it's the only government agency systematically and often secretly intruding on our lives.

Anyone Can Read Your Old Emails: It's The Law!

Shelly Palmer | Posted 08.03.2013 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

If you have any e-mails that are older than 180 days (and we all do), they're considered "legally abandoned." Any governmental agency can look at t...

Matt Sledge

Senator 'Extremely Concerned' Over FBI Surveillance

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 05.09.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) said Thursday he was "extremely concerned" over revelations that the FBI continues to believe it can conduct war...

Matt Sledge

Senator Blasts IRS Email Snooping

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Matt Sledge

The IRS Thinks It Doesn't Need A Warrant To Read Your Email

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.11.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- IRS documents released Wednesday suggest that the tax collection agency believes it can read American citizens' emails without a warrant. ...

Right and Left Unite to Bring Privacy Protections to Digital World

Grover Norquist | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Grover Norquist

The Fourth Amendment -- the one that is supposed to keep the government out of your mail and outside your door -- is one area that can unite grownups of the left and right.

Matt Sledge

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Email Privacy Bill

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 03.19.2013 | Technology

NEW YORK -- Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) introduced legislation to strengthen email privacy protections on Tuesday, giving bipart...

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Policies to Protect Our Data Privacy Must Be Thorough and Consistent

Rey Ramsey | Posted 03.31.2013 | Politics
Rey Ramsey

A single email may be subject to different legal standards depending on whether it is in transit, in storage, how long it is in storage, or whether it has been opened.

Google Will Fight The Government To Protect Your Email

Reuters | Posted 03.31.2013 | Technology

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Google will lobby Washington in 2013 to make it harder for law enforcement authorities to gain access to emails and other digit...

Google Transparency Report Reactions

Matt Sledge | Posted 03.26.2013 | Technology
Matt Sledge

Bloggers and privacy advocates are responding to Google's latest Transparency Report -- the first to break down how often it receives subpoenas as opp...

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...

5 Ways Your Internet Freedom Is At Risk

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.21.2013 | Technology

Internet activists on Friday celebrated Internet Freedom Day, marking the one year anniversary of widespread online protests against controversial ant...

Will 2013 Be the Year of Privacy on Steroids?

Hemanshu Nigam | Posted 03.16.2013 | Technology
Hemanshu Nigam

With so many new sites, gadgets and technology offerings integrating social media into their core functionalities, legislators will be hungry to regulate and legislate.

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Should Police Need A Warrant To Search Your Cell Phone?

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 01.27.2013 | Technology
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Marcellus Campos and Denise Tejada This Thursday, a Senate Committee will consider limited changes to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act o...

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...

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.