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Governments Requesting More Private Data From Google

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Governments around the world, especially the U.S. government, are continuing to request more private data from Google. The search giant released a fresh transparency report this morning, revealing that the U.S. leads the world in information requests about users (8,438 requests for information from about 14,868 users). Google isn’t a...
Governments Requesting More Private Data From Google

Proposed act would require the US government to secure a warrant before reading your email

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Today three members of the US House of Representatives, Lofgren, Poe, and DelBene, introduced the Online Communications and Geolocation Protection Act (OCGPA), calling it a reformation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986. The ECPA is notoriously out of date. Its email provisions regarding when email can be read by the...
Proposed act would require the US government to secure a warrant before reading your email

Like rest of the feds, the IRS can get your e-mails with no problem

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If you’ve been reading Ars for awhile, you know how trivially easy it is for government agencies to access your e-mail. Thankfully, there’s been a modest amount of pressure in Washington, DC to change that. The 1986-era Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) requires a warrant to obtain newly sent...
Like rest of the feds, the IRS can get your e-mails with no problem

Google's ECPA report reveals the extent of the FBI's warrantless email snooping | Dominic Rushe

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Guess who's reading your email? Thanks to a legal loophole that nixes your constitutional rights, the Feds can help themselvesRight now, as you read this, the US government may be snooping through your emails, looking at your photos, poring over your online life. Maybe, one day, there'll be a knock...
Google's ECPA report reveals the extent of the FBI's warrantless email snooping | Dominic Rushe
The IRS may take your emails without obtaining a warrant first

US lawmakers introduce electronic surveillance reform bill

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Three lawmakers have introduced a bill to provide more protection from government surveillance for people who store data in the cloud. The Online Communications and Geolocation Protection Act would require U.S. law enforcement agencies to get court-ordered warrants before intercepting or getting access to electronic communications and geolocation data....
US lawmakers introduce electronic surveillance reform bill
IRS Doesn't Deny Snooping Emails Without A Warrant

Email privacy to take top priority in Senate, potentially limiting government snooping into your digital life

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We have some good news for your Monday: email privacy as a legislative priority and actionable issue is not dead. It was with some sadness that we reported that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) would not be amended to better privacy for individuals users of electronic communications in the last Congress. The...
Email privacy to take top priority in Senate, potentially limiting government snooping into your digital life

Patrick Leahy Introduces Legislation (Yet Again) To Require Government Warrants To Get Your Electronic Info

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It's been quite a day in terms of news out of DC. We've been talking about copyright/first sale, cybersecurity bills, the CFAA... and now Senator Patrick Leahy, for what feels like the 2,394th time, has introduced a plan to reform ECPA. Like the CFAA, ECPA is an extremely troubling and...
Patrick Leahy Introduces Legislation (Yet Again) To Require Government Warrants To Get Your Electronic Info

GOOGLE: US Government Requesting Even More Private Data Without A Warrant

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Google has revealed the full scale of the US government's use of controversial legislation that bypasses judicial approval to access the online information of private citizens. According to its latest transparency report, the number of requests for private data Google received from US officials had increased by 136% by the...
GOOGLE: US Government Requesting Even More Private Data Without A Warrant

Google report reveals continued rise in US government requests for data

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Transparency report shows officials bypassing judicial approval under controversial Electronic Communications Privacy ActGoogle has revealed the full scale of the US government's use of controversial legislation that bypasses judicial approval to access the online information of private citizens.According to its latest transparency report, the number of requests for private data...
Google report reveals continued rise in US government requests for data

Momentum forms in the House to require a warrant before government can read your email

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According to The Hill, there exists bi-partisan momentum to reform an archaic law that allows for the government to read your email, provided that it has been opened, or stored for more than 180 days. Today was the first of several planned days of hearings the email provisions of the Electronic Communications Privacy...
Momentum forms in the House to require a warrant before government can read your email
The ECPA Modernization Act: reforming data privacy laws for the modern web
Google testifies to Congress calling for more email privacy, says current law 'fails'

Google calls for greater electronic privacy protections

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Critics claim the 17-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act is out of date and violates fourth amendmentGoogle has called for changes in the 17-year-old law that allows US authorities to access people's online lives without a warrant.In a blogpost timed to coincide with Monday's Data Privacy Day, David Drummond, Google's chief...
Google calls for greater electronic privacy protections

DoJ now in favor of using search warrants to access user email

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The United States Justice Department seems to be listening to cries from Google (among others) that the 1986 ECPA (Electronic Communications Privacy Act) should be revised to reflect the vastly different universe that we now live in. DoJ attorney Elana Tyrangiel testified before the US House Judiciary Subcommittee on...
DoJ now in favor of using search warrants to access user email

House Proposal Would Require Cell Phone Companies to Keep Logs of Your Sexts

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(Photo: Comcast) What’s in your inbox? Some risque dirty talk? Maybe a handful of regretful messages about how hammered you were last night? If a law enforcement-backed proposal going before a House subcommittee today gets passed, wireless companies will be one step closer to having to store all of your...
House Proposal Would Require Cell Phone Companies to Keep Logs of Your Sexts

Government Requests For Data From Google Up By 70% In Two Years

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For the first time, the search company has done a breakdown of how the requests occur--usually by subpoena. Google has released its Transparency Report, showing that Internet surveillance is on the rise all over the world, but with the U.S. accounting for almost 40% of requests to Google for...
Government Requests For Data From Google Up By 70% In Two Years

How Netflix's lobbying dollars could lead to improved email privacy in the United States

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It’s not well known, but here in the United States, for the police to get their hands on your personal email, no warrant is required. Yes, your email really isn’t very secure. Here’s how it works: As provided for in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), only an administrative subpoena is required...
How Netflix's lobbying dollars could lead to improved email privacy in the United States

Social Networks Use Civil Disobedience To Protect User Data

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  Facebook and Google deserve the criticism they have received over the years for fumbling user privacy. But the two Internet giants, along with Microsoft and Yahoo, also deserve kudos for defying police requests for users' online communications. Defying Federal Law The companies have chosen civil disobedience over following federal...
Social Networks Use Civil Disobedience To Protect User Data

Congress is not set to pass a bill that would abrogate your personal email privacy

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Despite a strongly worded report on CNET, Congress does not appear to be working on a bill that would create a legal situation in which a host of Federal agencies can access your computer communications - from Facebook messages to email – without a warrant. This is not to say that there...
Congress is not set to pass a bill that would abrogate your personal email privacy

Rep. Zoe Lofgren's two new bills on Internet and technology policy set fresh tone in Washington

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If you haven’t heard the name Rep. Zoe Lofgren before, prepare to become quite accustomed to it. Today Rep. Lofgren announced two new bills, both dealing technology issues, that could spark a more constructive debate on both privacy, and the security of Internet freedom. Of course, the proposed laws are...
Rep. Zoe Lofgren's two new bills on Internet and technology policy set fresh tone in Washington

Senator Leahy Brings Back Bill That Would Require Warrants When Gov't Snoops Through Servers For Your Info

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The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) is ridiculously outdated. It was passed in 1986, and to this day provides the (incredibly inconsistent and difficult to apply) rules for what sort of privacy electronic communications have, even though the technology has changed drastically. This has created some wacky consequences, including that...
Senator Leahy Brings Back Bill That Would Require Warrants When Gov't Snoops Through Servers For Your Info

Key email privacy amendment up for debate in Senate this Thursday

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The Senate is set to take up discussion on an amendment relating to email privacy this Thursday, taking to task a key issue that balances individual privacy and needs of law enforcement. Late last week, controversy regarding email privacy legislation exploded after a report in CNET indicated that work that had been intended as strengthening protections...
Key email privacy amendment up for debate in Senate this Thursday
It's time to reformat data privacy for the 21st century, but does Congress want the upgrade?

Does Storing Your Documents In 'The Cloud' Mean The Gov't Has Easier Access To It?

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Does Storing Your Documents In 'The Cloud' Mean The Gov't Has Easier Access To It?

Coalition of Tech Companies Wants to Give You Digital Due Process

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Google, together with Microsoft, AT&T, AOL, Intel, the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a number of other organizations launched a new effort to modernize the Electronic Communications Act (ECPA) today. ECPA, which was enacted in 1986, sets standards for low enforcement access to electronic communications and other data. According...
Coalition of Tech Companies Wants to Give You Digital Due Process

Why Congress's Digital Archive For Text Messages Is Such A Bad Idea

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Text me. Wait, don't. Not anything too private anyway. That's because if a new proposal is approved by the Senate, each and every SMS message you send will be stored in a digital archive by your phone provider. Why, you ask? It's all in the name of law enforcement being...
Why Congress's Digital Archive For Text Messages Is Such A Bad Idea

Congress Tries, Yet Again, To Fix Outdated Electronic Privacy Laws

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We've been writing about ECPA reform for ages. In case you haven't been following this, ECPA is an incredibly outdated law concerning the privacy of electronic communications. As it stands now, thanks to some oddities in the law, the government can often access your online data with little oversight (among...
Congress Tries, Yet Again, To Fix Outdated Electronic Privacy Laws

Transparency Report: What it takes for governments to access personal information

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Today we’re releasing new data for the Transparency Report, showing that the steady increase in government requests for our users’ data continued in the second half of 2012, as usage of our services continued to grow. We’ve shared figures like this since 2010 because it’s important for people to understand...
Transparency Report: What it takes for governments to access personal information
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