Come on, White House:
No Warrantless Seizures
Last December, over 100,000 Americans signed an official petition telling the White House to fix an outdated law that says government agencies can access your email without a warrant. We still haven’t heard a response.
Hundreds of Republicans and Democrats in Congress support reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the law saying that warrantless snooping is just fine. The White House says privacy is a priority, yet it has failed to back this long overdue reform to protect Americans’ privacy. The question is: With so much support, why isn’t the White House on board?
Days the White House Has Remained Silent on Warrantless Seizures
On December 12th, a petition for ECPA reform on the White House website passed the 100,000-signatures threshold, which is supposed to trigger a response. Each day the White House fails to support legislation to prohibit warrantless email seizures is one more day it is failing to protect the privacy of hundreds of millions of Americans.
So what's the hold up?
A single government agency—the Securities and Exchange Commission—has stalled ECPA reform because it wants a special exception to expand its power and get new warrantless snooping authority. One regulatory agency shouldn’t be allowed to block vital privacy reform for all of us. To make matters worse, if the SEC were to get this special exception, other regulatory agencies like the IRS would get it as well. The choice is clear: Either the White House backs warrantless snooping powers for the SEC and the IRS, or it stands for the privacy rights of Americans.