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Protecting Your Privacy Rights

Posted: Friday, May 17, 2013

Dear Fellow Coloradan,

Mark Udall

Our constitutional right to be free from "unreasonable searches and seizures" applies regardless of whether we are talking about letters kept in a desk or emails stored online. Even though the way we connect as Americans has changed - with emails, tweets and Facebook replacing more traditional forms of communication - our constitutional right to privacy must remain protected.

New technology has the potential to change our lives for the better, but our laws must evolve with those technologies to ensure our right to privacy is respected. Unfortunately, some federal government agencies are justifying warrantless searches of your electronic communications using a loophole in the outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986. That's not acceptable to me or to the Coloradans I represent.

Today's online communication is worlds apart from that of 1986, and we need to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to reflect that. 

Mark Udall

Up until last month, the Internal Revenue Service relied on an outdated law to claim that it didn't need a search warrant to read your private online communications. I was outraged when I learned that. I led the charge against this wrongheaded policy and, with your support, I successfully got the IRS to back down. Only weeks later, I again fought attempts by the Department of Justice and the FBI, to pursue this same constitutionally unsound course.

It is clear that we must update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to protect Americans' constitutional right to privacy. Be a citizen "cosponsor" and join with me in urging Congress to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. 

I have been proud to lead the fight for your constitutional rights on this issue and many others.  Let us speak with a united voice in telling Congress that we need to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to maintain our constitutional rights in the digital age.  

Warm regards,

Mark Udall

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