Will Congress Finally Pass ECPA Reform?

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) is a law from 1986 governing privacy for online communications and has long been in need of reform. For the last several years, Congress has seriously considered reform to rectify the deficiencies of this law that denies individuals a reasonable expectation of privacy for the content of their online […]

Civil Agencies, Law Enforcement Officials Threaten Meaningful ECPA Reform

On May 24, 2016, ARL joined a coalition of civil society organizations, companies and trade associations in a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Leahy supporting the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) as passed unanimously by the House of Representatives on April 26, 2016.  While the House-passed bill did not make […]

ARL Urges Congress to Pass ECPA Reform

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) is a law from 1986 governing privacy for online communications and has long been in need of reform. Congress has the opportunity to rectify the deficiencies of this law that denies individuals a reasonable expectation of privacy for the content of their online communications. ECPA was written in an […]

ARL Joins More than 50 Organizations and Companies Supporting Manager’s Substitute on ECPA Reform

On April 13, 2016, ARL joined a coalition of more than 50 civil society organizations, trade associations and companies in writing to support the Manager’s Substitute Amendment to the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), a bill to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), in advance of the bill’s markup.  ECPA, a law passed in 1986, […]

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on ECPA Reform

Today, September 16, 2015, the Senate Judiciary Committee will host a hearing on “Reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.”  The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) was passed in 1986 and is badly in need of reform.  The law has not kept pace with evolving technologies and denies important privacy protections for electronic communications, allowing agencies […]

ECPA Reform Reintroduced in House and Senate

On February 4, 2015, bills to reform the outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) were re-introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate with bipartisan support.  The bills would update ECPA and provide important privacy protections for electronic communications.  ECPA, a law passed in 1986, has not kept pace with evolving technologies and permits agencies […]

Majority of House of Representatives Co-Sponsor Email Privacy Act; ARL Applauds Milestone in ECPA Reform Efforts

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is pleased that on June 17, 2014, the Email Privacy Act, H.R. 1852, reached a milestone of 218 co-sponsors, representing a majority of support from the members of the House of Representatives. The Email Privacy Act, originally introduced by Rep. Yoder (R-KS) on May 7, 2013, would update an […]

What’s So Bad About ECPA?

techfreedom: ECPA is the law that is supposed to protect your digital data from unreasonable search. What’s wrong with it? Tons. What does that mean? Your data is often not protected. Learn all about it in the infographic below. Even more importantly, sign the petition and share this with your friends!  Read More

ARL Joins Day of Action to Demand #ECPA Reform

Today, ARL is joining a nationwide day of action calling for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the law that says the government can access your email and documents in the cloud without a warrant. Before you do anything else (including finishing this blog post!), go sign the petition!! OK, welcome back. ECPA […]

Celebrating 20 Years of Internet Free Speech

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Supreme Court of the United States’ decision in Reno v. ACLU, a case that determined that certain provisions of the Communication Decency Act (CDA) – which sought to govern speech online – violated the right to free speech. This decision was a landmark decision, the Court’s first about the […]