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Email Privacy Act passes unanimously in House; moves to Senate Judiciary Committee

The Email Privacy Act (HR 699) passed unanimously in the House, 419-0—an unheard of vote. The American Library Association Washington Office’s District Dispatch reports that “The successful joint effort produced a bill that will amend ECPA [Electronic Communications Privacy Act] so that, for the first time, any authority seeking the actual content of an individual’s emails, texts, tweets, online photos, files stored in the cloud and other electronic communications will first have to get a real search warrant from a real judge.”

All of Maryland’s Representatives voted for the bill except Congressman Van Hollen, who did not vote. Please take the time to contact your Representative and thank them for their support, especially Congressmen Cummings, Edwards and Harris who co-sponsored the bill.

The work is entirely done. The bill has now moved over to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The hope is that the Senate will either pass HR 699 or its own similar bill, S 356.

For more information, see the article in the District Dispatch.

 

Action Alert! Sign the Petition to Protect Online Privacy

On December 5th, the American Library Association joined a nationwide day of action calling for reform to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). It’s not too late to participate! Just sign the We the People online petition to the White House. The goal is to have 100,000 signatures by December 12th.

Why sign? The ECPA dates back to 1986, before most people had computers. The act does not require that the government have a warrant to access your documents stored in the cloud. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2013 (S 607 and HR 1847) would reform ECPA so that a warrant would be needed to access email and documents in the cloud.

Please sign the online petition to show your support for online privacy and help spread the word! Thanks in advance for any support!

Action Alert! Ask Senators to Support Email Privacy

The American Library Association is asking people to email their Senators and ask for support for e-mail privacy. This Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering an update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to ensure our email and online data finally receive the same privacy protections from government access as postal mail and phone calls.

However, Sen. Grassley of Iowa is pushing an amendment to allow government agencies to read our email without a warrant. Go to VanishingRights.com to tell your senators you oppose Grassley’s amendment.  Urge them to support warrants for email.

At VanishingRights.com you can send an email to your senator and find their office number to make a call. You will also find more information on ECPA and talking points. Please ask your senators to protect privacy today. Although MD does not have a Senator on the Senate Judiciary Committee, please consider contacting Senators Mikulski and Cardin to increase awareness and gain support on the issue.

Thank you in advance for your advocacy efforts!


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