The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)


So earlier I got this message from Derek Slater of Google Inc. To help fight against ECPA and what the NSA is doing with our information.  I’ve been rather active in the fight against these type of bills that are trying to be pasted.  Like SOPA, PIPA and CISPA. So please take sometime and read over everything here. 
At midnight on Thursday, the “We the People” petition demanding that the government update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) will close.

In order to ensure a response, we need to cross the threshold of 100,000 signatures.

That goal is within reach, but we’re not there yet. As I write this, we still have 23,274 signatures to go.

Take two minutes to sign the petition and tell the government that the stuff you store online deserves the same legal protections as the stuff you keep in your home.

Congress passed ECPA in the 1980s.

The way we use the Internet has changed immensely in the nearly 30 years since the passage of this law — but the law has not kept pace with this change.

If the “We the People” petition gets more than 100,000 signatures by midnight tomorrow night, the White House will be obligated to respond. Add your name now:

http://takeaction.withgoogle.com/white-house-petition

To sign the petition, you’ll create an account, click a link in the confirmation email, and then click once more to sign that petition. It’s just a few clicks to help protect the Fourth Amendment, but they’re clicks that will demand a response from the White House.

UPDATE:
At 3am this morning, the White House petition on ECPA reform hit 100,000 signatures. 
 
The administration now has to respond. We won this round.
 
This is about restoring sanity to U.S. privacy law, which affects *everyone* in the world. There is no reason that our generations’ emails and texts don’t deserve the same privacy protection as the handwritten letters sent by our grandparents.
 
No government anywhere should be able to read our messages without probable cause and a warrant approved by a judge. And that’s just a *starting* point.
 
Thanks so much to all of you who signed. This one was close. I can say with confidence that we wouldn’t have hit 100k without the FFTF team hustling around the clock and our supporters (you!) sharing and spreading the word.
 
Of course, this is just the beginning. Next comes the White House response. Then movement in Congress. And oh yeah, there’s still that NSA thing. But one thing’s for sure — we’re closer than ever before to some deep and meaningful changes to U.S. privacy laws. As we head into a new year, we’ll need your support to tackle all of this and more.
 
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