Posts Tagged ‘privacy’

Mass. Sen. Will Brownsberger to co-sponsor social networking privacy bill

Friday, January 11th, 2013

I have just been informed by a member of Massachusetts Senator Will Brownsberger’s staff that he “will be co-sponsoring a piece of legislation that will, among other things, prevent employers from asking job applicants for their social networking passwords.”

This issue has been raised in previous sessions of the Massachusetts legislature, but it has not yet gotten to the point of being included in a bill that was passed by the legislature and signed by the governor.

Apparently, Sen. Brownsberger was motivated to look into this issue and to decide to co-sponsor legislation about it as a result of a recent inquiry I sent him about it.

This is a great example of how incredibly responsive to constituents Sen. Brownsberger is. It is also a great example of the kind of legislator he is; over and over again, I find myself delighted by the positions Sen. Brownsberger advocates, the process he uses and effort he puts in to arrive at those positions, and the transparency with which he does so. Finally, it is a great example of why when there’s something you think your elected representatives should be doing, you should tell them!


Amend the ECPA to protect email privacy!

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

The privacy of our email is protected by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, passed in 1986, which requires law-enforcement officials to obtain a warrant to intercept and read private email.

However, the law has a critical flaw: it does not require a warrant for emails “left on servers” for more than 180 days. This made sense when people downloaded their email and deleted it from servers, but it’s completely obsolete in an era when email is left on servers so that people can access it from anywhere on any device.

A coalition of email service providers is seeking a revision of the law to treat email stored on servers the same as email stored on home computers. This revision should be written into law and signed by President Obama as quickly as possible to protect the privacy of American citizens’ email.

Please sign and pass on this petition to help convince President Obama and Congress to fix the ECPA!