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Last December, over 100,000 Americans signed an official petition telling the White House to fix an outdated law that says government agencies can access your email without a warrant.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.

SEC Building
IRS Building

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.

The government says it needs a warrant to see your:

Files

Stuff you keep in a drawer:Requires a warrant.

Postal Mail

Letters you receive in the mail:Requires a warrant.

Email

Content you store online:No warrant needed. What?!

Hold the White House to its word. Demand a response on warrantless snooping.

The White House needs to know that its silence on warrantless seizures is unacceptable, especially during this time of heightened concern for privacy. Let the White House and President Obama know that we’re watching, and we expect support for real ECPA reform, with no exceptions for regulatory agencies. To learn more about ECPA, visit the Digital 4th website.