The Electronic Communications Privacy Act wasn’t created for the digital age. It was written almost three decades ago and allows the government to access electronic files without a warrant. That means your e-mails and computer files have less protection than the letters that come to your mailbox. With recent privacy controversies at the NSA and the IRS, it’s long past time to reform the ECPA.
Congressmen Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Jared Polis (D-CO) introduced H.R. 1852, a bipartisan bill with142 cosponsors. That's a very strong warrant for a content bill. It would ensure that domestic law enforcement can't raid your emails or cloud documents without proper judicial oversight. This is a clean bill that includes no exemptions for federal agencies who would like to skirt some extra paper work rather than adhere to the Fourth Amendment.
The Digital 4th Coalition is hosting a lunch and panel discussion concerning these important issues. Panelists include Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union; Jim Dempsey, Vice President of Public Policy at the Center for Democracy and Technology; Paul Rosenzweig, Visiting Fellow at the Heritage Foundation; Richard Salgado Director of Law Enforcement and Information Security for Google; and Digital Liberty’s own Katie McAuliffe. Special guests includeCongressman Kevin Yoder and Congressman Jared Polis.