We're from the ACLU, Cato, CDT, and Techdirt, fighting for everyone’s online freedom and privacy. Ask us anything about our absurdly outdated electronic privacy laws and how we can fix ECPA.
Today's a national day of action in support of online freedom and privacy. We’re urging everyone to take action by signing this petition to the White House, demanding Pres. Obama support reform of an outdated law called the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or ECPA. Government agencies use it to get around the Fourth Amendment and get at all the intimate stuff we keep online without a warrant, and we think it's time to get the law changed.
We represent a wide-ranging coalition of groups and companies, including the Digital Due Process coalition, that is fighting government overreach into our private electronic lives. Answering questions today starting at noon ET sharp are:
- Julian Sanchez (js-normative), Cato Institute
- Mike Masnick (mmasnick),Techdirt
- Chris Calabrese (ChristopherCalabrese), ACLU
- Mark Stanley (MarkStanley), Center for Democracy and Technology
Proof it’s us:https://twitter.com/ACLU/status/408638697353912320
We're here to talk about why ECPA needs to be reformed, but of course we're happy to talk about other issues affecting our privacy.
UPDATE (5:02 PM ET): Thank you for all your questions and for your support. We’re signing off for now.
For everything you ever wanted to know about ECPA, check out the Digital 4th website
For a very cool infographic outlining ECPA’s absurdity, check out what our friends at TechFreedom conjured up here: http://techfreedom.org/post/68822183836/whats-so-bad-about-ecpa
And to sign the petition: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reform-ecpa-tell-government-get-warrant/nq258dxk