The world has changed quite a bit in 27 years. But ECPA hasn't.
That’s why I want you to take a look at this petition. Google and other companies are calling for a fix to one of the most harmful consequences of an outdated ECPA: warrant-less government access to various sorts of private user content that’s stored in the cloud.
It just doesn't make sense that the law requires a warrant to access a suspect's file cabinet (or hard drive) but not to access private information in the cloud. In fact, the rules set out by ECPA in 1986 make all sorts of arbitrary distinctions about when a warrant is or isn't needed — like, for example, whether an email is older than six months — that simply shouldn't matter in 2013.
Congress has drafted legislation that would fix this problem, and we need to build the political will to enact it into law — that’s where this petition comes in.
If we get 100,000 signatures by December 12, the White House will have to review the issue and release an official response under its own petition rules.
Please take a moment to sign the petition (you’ll need to create an account on whitehouse.gov — www.whitehouse.gov/privacy is clear about what data it collects and doesn't collect).