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Updating an E-Mail Law From the Last Century
April 25, 2013 // The New York Times
The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to include private email as protected from law enforcement surveillance without a warrant.

Senate Judiciary Panel Votes to Require Warrants for Police Email Searches
April 25, 2013 // The Hill
After a unanimous vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) will move onto the full Senate for a vote.

Law Requiring Warrants for E-Mail Wins Senate Committee Approval
April 25, 2013 // Wired
The methods of electronic communication have changed, and today's Senate Judiciary Committee vote to update ECPA reflects that reality:

Senate Judiciary Committee approves electronic privacy bill
April 25, 2013 // Newspaper Association of America
The Newspaper Association of America applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing a bill that would reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (S. 607), sponsored by Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

ARL Applauds Judiciary Committee Action to Reform Privacy Laws
April 25, 2013 // Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) applauds Chairman Leahy and all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for their strong, bipartisan support for reasonable privacy protections on line.

Adobe Applauds the Leahy-Lee Bill and Privacy Law Reform to Better Protect Communications Stored in the Cloud
April 25, 2013 // Adobe
This legislation is critical to consumer and business confidence in adopting cloud services, and we will continue to work to help ensure it is signed into law.

ECPA Reform Moves Forward
April 25, 2013 // Citizens Against Government Waste
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) applauds approval by voice vote today of S. 607, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2013, by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

ECPA updates pass Senate Judiciary Committee
April 25, 2013 // Bill of Rights Defense Committee
Laws protecting our privacy online have been obsolete for decades, leaving all Americans at risk of arbitrary electronic seizures. The proposed reforms to ECPA are not enough by a long shot, but it is long past time for Congress to fix the digital exception to the 4th amendment.

Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee Passage of ECPA
April 25, 2013 // The Internet Association
The Senate Judiciary Committee's passage of the Electronic Communications Privacy Amendments Act of 2013 is a significant step in safeguarding the privacy of users' electronically stored content.

i2Coalition Statement On the Advancement of ECPA Reform Bill
April 25, 2013 // i2Coalition
The Constitutional right of due process is one that is guaranteed to all Americans, and this law will bring legislation from 1986 up-to-date to ensure that right.

Senate Committee Approves ECPA Reform Bill
April 25, 2013 // Center for Democracy and Technology
Congress took a huge step toward finally updating ECPA to ensure emails and documents we store in the cloud receive the same Fourth Amendment Protections as postal mail and documents we store in desk drawers in our homes.

Senate Committee Moves to Update ECPA and Protect Digital World
April 25, 2013 // Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights
This is great news for the millions of Americans conducting financial transactions online, storing their personal information "in the cloud" and who think law enforcement should follow Constitutional protections.

Requiring a Warrant for Electronic Content Long Overdue, Watchdog Group Says
April 25, 2013 // The Constitution Project
It is more than a quarter-century since Congress enacted ECPA, and we hope that it will now act quickly to pass this long overdue reform legislation.

Senate Committee Passes Long-Overdue ECPA Reform, but More Remains to Be Done
April 25, 2013 // TechFreedom
We applaud the bipartisan support for ECPA reform. That should mean swift passage by the Senate and House. But ECPA reform won't be complete until Congress enacts the other three principles advocated by the Digital Due Process coalition.

SIIA Applauds Senate for Moving ECPA Forward; Calls for Action to Keep Bill Moving Forward
April 25, 2013 // Software & Information Industry Association
ECPA is outdated and badly in need of reform, and today’s action gets us one important step closer to that goal.

Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy on Committee Consideration Of The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2013
April 25, 2013 // Office of U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy
The Leahy-Lee Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act will strengthen the privacy protections for our email and other electronic communications, to meet the challenges of the digital age.

SJC Approves Leahy-Lee Electronic Communications Privacy Amendments Act
April 25, 2013 // Senate Judiciary Committee
The Leahy-Lee Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2013 establishes a search warrant requirement in order for the government to obtain the content of Americans' emails and other electronic communications, when those communications are stored with a third-party service provider.

Search Warrant Rules Should Apply to Online Documents
March 21, 2013 // The Press-Enterprise
Congress must ensure that the law governing emails and other electronic documents keeps pace with technology.

Bipartisan Senate Bill to Require Warrant for Email Access
March 21, 2013 // The Heritage Foundation
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) have introduced legislation that would require law enforcement to obtain a search warrant for private online communications, including email.

Justice Department Shows Support for ECPA Reform
March 20, 2013 // The Associated Press
The Justice Department is no longer supporting outdated provisions of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

Consensus Building for Warrant Requirements on Email Searches
March 19, 2013 // The Hill
At a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, members of both parties and government officials agreed that law enforcement should need a warrant to search e-mail and other private electronic communications.

ECPA Reform Has Strong Bipartisan Support
March 19, 2013 // The Huffington Post
New legislation to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act introduced by Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy (VT) and Republic Senator Mike Lee (UT) is reform both parties can support.

A Step Toward E-Mail Privacy
December 08, 2012 // The New York Times
A New York Times editorial calls recent action by the Senate Judiciary Committee on reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act a significant step in the right direction.

Microsoft Statement on Senate Committee Action on Electronic Communications Privacy Act from Fred Humphries, Vice President for U.S. Government Affairs
November 29, 2012 // Microsoft
Microsoft strongly supports efforts to reform the Electronic Communication Privacy Act (ECPA) that would further strengthen privacy protections by requiring a warrant before the government can access electronic data stored in the cloud.

ARL Applauds Judiciary Committee Action to Reform Privacy Laws
November 29, 2012 // Association of Research Libraries
The US Senate Judiciary Committee took a crucial step toward fixing outdated privacy laws by endorsing a bill proposed by Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), which includes vital reforms to give appropriate privacy protection to e-mail and cloud storage.

Senate Committee Takes Historic Step for Privacy
November 29, 2012 // Center for Democracy and Technology
This vote today sets the stage for updating the law to reflect the reality of how people use technology in their daily lives.

Senate Committee Passes Electronic Communications Privacy Act
November 29, 2012 // American Civil Liberties Union
We believe law enforcement should use the same standard to search your inbox that they do to search your home.

TCP Lauds Senate Committee Vote to Strengthen Digital Privacy Law
November 29, 2012 // The Constitution Project
Rapid changes in technology should not mean that when we communicate by email or store records in the cloud we have less legal protection than when we send a letter by snail mail or store it in a desk drawer at home.

Statement of Bradley Jansen, Director of the Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights
November 29, 2012 // Center for Financial Privacy and Human Rights
Most Americans expect the privacy of their personal financial information to be respected in their emails including electronic bank statements and other sensitive information.

Attempt to Modernize Digital Privacy Law Passes the Senate Judiciary Committee
November 29, 2012 // Electronic Frontier Foundation
With this amendment, Congress is sending a strong message to the Department of Justice that our digital Fourth Amendment rights don’t expire after six months.

Statement of SpiderOak CEO and Co-Founder Ethan Oberman
November 29, 2012 // SpiderOak
The passing of this amended ECPA reform bill certainly is a step in the right direction for advocates of privacy.

The Internet Association Statement on Senate Committee Action on ECPA
November 29, 2012 // The Internet Association
The Internet Association supports ECPA reform moving forward.

A Step Closer to ECPA Reform
November 29, 2012 // Digital Liberty
Today, we are one step closer to Fourth Amendment protection for email and cloud documents.

CCIA Applauds Senate Judiciary Committee Updates To Privacy Laws
November 29, 2012 // Computer & Communications Industry Association
CCIA is grateful to Chairman Leahy and other supporters of this legislation for beginning to move legislation ensuring that our emails, instant messages and social networking communications have the level of protection that is more on par with the principles of a robust 4th Amendment.

Internet Infrastructure Coalition Statement on Senate Judiciary Committee ECPA Actions
November 29, 2012 // i2Coalition
The i2Coalition applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for recommending amendments to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) that would require law enforcement to obtain warrants prior to searching email and other electronic communications.

Senate Panel Approves Bill Requiring Police to Get a Warrant to Read Emails
November 29, 2012 // Fox News
A senate panel has approved a revision to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) that would require police to obtain a search warrant from a judge in order to review a person’s emails or other electronic communications.

Senate Committee Approves Email Privacy Bill
November 29, 2012 // Associated Press
The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that requires police to obtain a search warrant to gain access to a consumer’s electronic communications.

Senate Committee Approves Bill Requiring Warrants for Email
November 29, 2012 // Wired
A senate committee has backed digital privacy protections that require the government to get a probable-cause warrant to obtain email and other content stored in the cloud.

Senate Bill Would Enhance Email Privacy
September 13, 2012 // The Hill
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) recently introduced legislation that would require law enforcement officials to obtain a warrant before searching electronic communications.

Senator Leahy Introduces Legislation to Require Warrant for E-mail
September 13, 2012 // Wired
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has introduced an amendment to the Video Privacy Protection Act that would require law enforcement to obtain a probable cause warrant to access electronic information.

Law Enforcement May Soon Need a Warrant to Access Your Email
September 12, 2012 // Arstechnica
Leahy’s new amendement would provide a major change to the privacy standard of all electronic correspondence by finally requiring a probable cause-driven warrant.

Supreme Court Rules: Congress Needs to Bring Privacy Law into 21st Century
January 29, 2012 // CNET
Last week's unanimous decision of the Supreme Court in U.S. v. Jones marks a major victory for constitutional rights.

Supreme Court Rules No GPS Tracking Without a Warrant
January 27, 2012 // The Christian Science Monitor
Law enforcement cannot track suspects with a GPS device unless they obtain a warrant, the Supreme Court ruled this week.

Supreme Court Rules on GPS Tracking
January 27, 2012 // The Wall Street Journal
The Supreme Court has declared it unconstitutional for police to use GPS tracking on a suspect’s vehicle without a warrant.

Scientific American: Read My E-mail? Get a Warrant
January 05, 2012 // Scientific American Magazine
The call for Congress to update electronic privacy laws continues to gain momentum. A recent editorial from Scientific American Magazine endorsed the need for ECPA reform because the current law is outdated given the way Americans now use technology.

Former Reps. Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) and Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.) tell Congress: Require a Warrant
October 25, 2011 // The Hill
The once cutting-edge 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) has been outpaced by advances in technology and how Americans use electronic communications. In an op-ed in The Hill, former Representatives Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) and Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.) argue that ECPA must be amended accordingly.

Digital Data Privacy Rules Turn 25
October 19, 2011 // Politico
In general, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act sets the ground rules for how law enforcement can access electronic communications. As ECPA turns 25, many lawmakers agree that in this age of smartphones and cloud computing, it’s time for a change for the ECPA. To reform advocates, the law shouldn’t discriminate: It sometimes affords less protection to data stored on servers than it does documents in a filing cabinet.

Bipartisan Backing Will Boost Location Privacy Bill
October 18, 2011 // National Journal
In June, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. Introduced a bill that would require government agencies to obtain a warrant before they can gather both real-time and stored location data about people. Supporters of the legislation got a boost on Tuesday when Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill, signed on as the measure’s first Republican Senate cosponsor.

Appeals Court Rules on Disclosure of Government Mobile Tracking Practices
September 06, 2011 // CNN
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has ruled that the government must disclose information on its use of cell phone data to track criminal suspects. CNN reports on the case and its potential impact.

Judge says warrant required for cell phone location data
August 23, 2011 // ArsTechnica
A federal district court in New York ruled that the federal government violated the constitution when it obtained without a warrant 113 days of stored data showing the location of a suspect’s cell phone. ArsTechnica reports that the court said:

Supreme Court Taking Case on Warrantless GPS Tracking
June 27, 2011 // The Washington Times
The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will be taking up a case about the constitutionality of police using covert GPS tracking devices on suspects’ vehicles for lengthy periods of time.

Senator Leahy Commits to Updating ECPA
June 16, 2011 // CNET
The Vermont Democrat recently introduced legislation that would require law enforcement to obtain a search warrant to access personal communications and current location data from mobile devices.

Wyden, Chaffetz, and Goodlatte Introduce “GPS” Act
June 15, 2011 // Senator Ron Wyden
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (“GPS”) Act, S. 1212/H.R. 2168, on June 15. The bill would require that law enforcement secure a warrant in order to obtain geolocation information generated through use of a mobile device like a cellular telephone, or by a device covertly placed by law enforcement official to track location.

Leahy Calls for an ECPA Update
May 17, 2011 // The Hill
Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) helped write the Electronic Communications Privacy Act in 1986. Now he is calling for it to be updated for today’s digital age.

ECPA is "Outdated," Says Leahy
May 17, 2011 // Wired
In proposing a significant update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) called the current law "outdated." As reported by Wired, Leahy's proposal:

Appeals Court Rules Warrants Required for E-mail Search
December 14, 2010 // ArsTechnica
The first federal appellate court to squarely address the issue has determined that the government must have a warrant to require an Internet service provider to disclose email content to law enforcement.

Appeals court: Email communication is protected under the Fourth Amendment
December 14, 2010 // ZDNet
Sam Diaz reports on United States v. Warshak for ZDNet:

The Constitutional issues of cloud computing
April 13, 2010 // MSNBC.com The Red Tape Chronicles
In MSNBC’S blog The Redtape Chronicles, Bob Sullivan addresses the issue of keeping our nation’s laws current as we innovate beyond the imagination of our founding fathers.

Dial-Up Law in a Broadband World
April 08, 2010 // The New York Times
Google, Microsoft, the Center for Democracy and Technology and the American Civil Liberties Union have teamed up to form Digital Due Process, a coalition dedicated to updating electronic communication privacy laws for the 21st century.

Tech Titans Push for Change in Electronic Privacy Law
March 30, 2010 // The Wall Street Journal
Tech giants Microsoft, Google, Intel and AT&T and others have joined together to form Digital Due Process, a group lobbying Congress to provider stricter regulations on government’s ability to view online records and communication.

Technology Coalition Seeks Stronger Privacy Laws
March 30, 2010 // The New York Times
Digital Due Process, a coalition of technology companies and advocacy groups announced that it will be lobbying Congress for updates to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986.

Senator Leahy Comments on Reforms To ECPA
March 30, 2010 // Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)
"I applaud the announcement today by Digital Due Process and the Center for Democracy & Technology that a coalition of privacy advocates, legal scholars, and major Internet and communication service providers have joined together to release a consensus set of proposals to modernize the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

Reps. Conyers, Scott, Nadler Plan Hearings on Communications Privacy Reform
March 30, 2010 // Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.)
House Judiciary Committee Chair John Conyers, Jr. (D-Mich.), along with Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, and Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-Va.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, pledged today to lead efforts in the House of Representatives to consider reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 ("ECPA").

Tech Firms Push for Revised Electronic Privacy Act
March 30, 2010 // PC Magazine
A number of tech companies and trade groups announced their creation of the Digital Due Process coalition today.

Google, AT&T, Microsoft, public interest groups call on Congress to update privacy laws of cloud, mobile computing
March 30, 2010 // The Washington Post
Google, Microsoft and AT&T allied with public interest groups to call on Congress to make updates to legislation governing online and electronic privacy laws.

Google leads call to change privacy law in US
March 30, 2010 // The Financial Times
US technology companies have formed a coalition to support changes to digital privacy laws, which they argue would protect Americans from government overstepping its bounds.

Bringing Internet Privacy Into the 21st Century
March 30, 2010 // Network World
The Digital Due Process coalition, comprised of Google, Microsoft, Intel, AOL, AT&T, and many other tech and communications companies and organizations, has come together to call for the updating of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986.

Google wants law to reflect 'cloud computing' environment
March 30, 2010 // The Hill
Google, a leading member Digital Due Process, released a blog post today advocating for an update to the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

DDP Members' Statements at 3/30/11 Roll Out of DDP's ECPA Reform Principles

JOINT RELEASE: Advocacy Groups, Companies Call for an Update of the Privacy Framework for Law Enforcement Access to Digital Information
March 30, 2010 // Digital Due Process
A broad coalition of privacy groups, think tanks, technology companies and academics today issued principles for updating the key federal law that defines the rules for government access to email and private files stored in the Internet “cloud.”

ACLU Joins AT&T, Google And Privacy Groups To Urge Updates To Privacy Law
March 30, 2010 // ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union today joined with a broad coalition to urge Congress to make much-needed changes to the laws that protect the privacy of electronic information.

ALA Announces Support of Digital Due Process
March 30, 2010 // ALA
The American Library Association (ALA) today joined the Digital Due Process Coalition (DDP), seeking to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).

ARL Joins Privacy Groups, Tech Industry To Support Key Online Privacy Reforms
March 30, 2010 // ARL
ARL is proud to be a part of Digital Due Process, a broad coalition of civil liberties and public interest groups (CDT, EFF, ACLU, and many others) as well as technology and telecommunications companies and associations (Google, AOL, Intel, AT&T, CCIA, and many more) that unveiled a new campaign today to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).

AT&T Statement on Electronic Communications Privacy Act Reform
March 30, 2010 // AT&T
AT&T today announced that it has joined a broad coalition that is seeking to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which was passed in 1986, to better reflect technological changes.

CAGW: Time to Update Electronic Privacy Laws
March 30, 2010 // CAGW
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has joined the Digital Due Process Coalition, a broad coalition of think tanks, advocacy groups, technology companies, and privacy advocates that are seeking to update the Electronic Privacy Communications Act (EPCA). The coalition includes AT&T, Google, Intel, Microsoft, the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Tax Reform, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the Electronic Freedom Foundation, and the Progress and Freedom Foundation.

CCIA Joins Broad Coalition to Recommend Updating Privacy Laws for Digital Age
March 30, 2010 // CCIA
Privacy laws need to be updated to accommodate the realities of fast paced technological innovation and digital progress.

CDT: Updating Privacy Protections for 21st Century Communications
March 30, 2010 // CDT
Today, a CDT-led coalition issued recommendations to strengthen the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), a key federal privacy law.

CEI and PFF: Digital Due Process: Protecting Americans’ Privacy by Restoring Constitutional Limits to Government in ECPA
March 30, 2010 // CEI and PFF
Today a broad array of civil liberties groups, think tanks, and technology companies launched the Digital Due Process coalition.

EFF Joins with Internet Companies and Advocacy Groups to Reform Privacy Law
March 30, 2010 // EFF
San Francisco - As part of a broad coalition of privacy groups, think tanks, technology companies, and academics, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today issued recommendations for strengthening the federal privacy law that regulates government access to private phone and Internet communications and records, including cell phone location data.

Google: Our Stand for Digital Due Process
March 30, 2010 // Google
The year was 1986. A gallon of gas cost 89 cents, Paul Simon’s Graceland won the Grammy for album of the year, and the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which governs how law enforcement can access electronic data, was signed into law.

Intel Joins Advocacy Groups and Other Tech Companies to Recommend Updating Privacy Framework for Law Enforcement Access to Digital Information
March 30, 2010 // Intel
Intel today is joining a broad coalition of privacy groups, think tanks, technology companies, and academics to issue recommendations for updating the key federal law that defines the rules for government access to email and private files stored in the Internet “cloud.”

Microsoft: Restoring Balance to American Surveillance Laws
March 30, 2010 // Microsoft
Many members of the tech community believe that American surveillance laws need to be modernized for the digital age.

Salesforce.com Support for the Digital Due Process Coalition
March 30, 2010 // Salesforce.com
As the leader in enterprise cloud computing, salesforce.com supports the Digital Due Process coalition in asking lawmakers to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 to clarify that data stored online has the same protections as data stored offline