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The 'Digital 4th' Coalition Urges Congress to Reform the 'Electronic Communications Privacy Act'


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WITH CONCERN RUNNING HIGH ABOUT DOMESTIC SPYING BY THE "NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY", PRIVACY-EXPERTS SAY THAT IT'S TIME TO UPDATE THE NATION'S LAWS--TO BETTER PROTECT AMERICANS' CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS.  A BIPARTISAN COALITION--CALLED "DIGITAL 4TH"--SAYS THAT ONE FEDERAL LAW THAT'S READY FOR REFORM IS THE "ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PRIVACY ACT"CHRIS CALABRESE IS WITH THE "AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION"--AND IS A MEMBER OF "DIGITAL 4TH"...

(CALABRESE):
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TECHNOLOGY'S CHANGED--BUT OUR PRIVACY-LAWS HAVEN'T.  THE 'ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS PRIVACY ACT'--OR 'ECPA'--WAS PASSED IN 19-86--LONG BEFORE WE HAD GOOGLE OR EVEN FACEBOOK.  'ECPA' SAYS [THAT] THE GOVERNMENT CAN ACCESS PERSONAL DATA [THAT] WE'VE STORED ONLINE--WHETHER IT'S E-MAILS OR PHOTOS OR DRAFT-DOCUMENTS--WITHOUT A SEARCH-WARRANT ISSUED BY A JUDGE.  THAT'S THE STANDARD [THAT'S] NEEDED TO SEARCH YOUR HOUSE."

(BRIDGE):
KATIE MCAULIFFE IS WITH "AMERICANS FOR TAX REFORM"--AND IS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE COALITION...

(MCAULIFFE):
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AS THE LAW IS CURRENTLY WRITTEN, PRIVATE INFORMATION [THAT'S] STORED IN THE CLOUD DOES NOT RECEIVE THE SAME PROTECTION AS DOCUMENTS [THAT ARE] STORED IN A DESK-DRAWER.  BUT NOW, THE INTERNET IS OUR DESK-DRAWER.  SO, WE'RE URGING CONGRESS TO EXTEND PRIVACY-RIGHTS INTO THE DIGITAL AGE--BY UPDATING 'ECPA', TO REQUIRE THE GOVERNMENT TO GET A WARRANT TO READ OUR E-MAIL.  PEOPLE ARE LEGITIMATELY CONCERNED ABOUT GOVERNMENT-OVERREACHING.  'ECPA'-REFORM WON'T FIX EVERYTHING--BUT IT IS A START.  THE LEGISLATION TO REFORM 'ECPA' IS BIPARTISAN; YOU DON'T SEE THAT MUCH IN WASHINGTON TODAY.  CONGRESS SHOULD PASS 'ECPA'-REFORM NOW--AS THE FIRST STEP IN RESTORING OUR RIGHTS."

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "DIGITAL-4TH"-DOT-ORG.



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