Mark Jaycox writes:
EFF and the Digital Due Process Coalition (DDP), a coalition of companies and civil liberty organizations, have been fighting for years to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). The law, which has been used by the government to seize email older than 180 days directly from service providers without a warrant, is sorely out of date. Indeed, it has even been used by law enforcement to access Americans’ mobile phone location data without a warrant from a judge. Appeals courts around the country have tried their best to ensure ECPA doesn’t violate the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement, and Congress has proposed bills to update the law, but so far the White House has remained strangely silent on the issue.
It’s time for the White House to get behind ECPA reform.
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