email privacy

Congressmen Move To Protect Silicon Valley, But Ignore Individual Privacy

Kathryn Watson, The Daily Caller

Congress’ proposed “Email Privacy Act” lets federal agencies continue subpoenaing citizens’ emails, bank account numbers and phone call records without first demonstrating probable cause to a judge and getting court approval for a warrant.

Fitzgibbons: Email Privacy Act No Protection Against Judgeless Subpoenas

In a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees constitutional lawyer Mark J. Fitzgibbons explains why the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) and the ECPA Amendments Act (S. 356) come up way short on protecting privacy.  While purporting to require warrants to obtain emails, these bills exempt federal and state agencies that issue judge-less administrative subpoenas to obtain private emails and content from individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations, meaning an alphabet soup of agencies can simply write themselves a free pass to look at your email and other data.

Senator Lee: Protect Our Privacy! Judgeless Warrants Violate The 4th Amendment

The Honorable Mike Lee
361A Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20002

Re:  Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015

Dear Senator Lee:

Sen. Mike Lee's Email ‘Privacy’ Bill Won’t Stop Government Grabbing Your Emails

Senator Mike Lee's S. 356 the "Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015" fails to stop one of the most egregious abuses of the 4th Amendment; "administrative subpoenas" allowing attorneys general and various state bureaucracies, plus the DEA, NSA, EPA, EEOC, SEC, FTC, etc. to issue their own judge-less warrants without oath and affirmation before a neutral judge or magistrate, and without probable cause, to get our emails. Please sign our letter to Senator Lee urging him to change S. 356 to abolish judge-less administrative subpoenas that violate the letter and spirit of the 4th Amendment.

Are Conservatives AWOL In Biggest Privacy Fight?

There is no longer a wall between the private sector and government surveillance. Yet, conservative and liberty minded elected officials and organizations appear to be AWOL in the fight to ensure Google does not seal key documents in a lawsuit against its practice of scanning email sent through its Gmail system.