Issues: Access to Data
We fight to ensure that Fourth and Ninth amendments translate to the digital world.
This is a crucial time for courts and legislators to establish principles pertaining to government access to data. Courts are now laying the foundation for the Fourth Amendment (search and seizure) to apply to a digital environment with recent decisions such as the Supreme Court’s ruling to impose limits on how cell phone data can be accessed in law enforcement investigations. Meanwhile, current laws such as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) allow for warrantless access to data.
Government information collection is important for matters such as national security and criminal investigations; but for consumers and society it’s important that government access to data follows due process requirements, has a real positive impact on law enforcement activities, and does not undermine consumer confidence in the privacy of data.
Recent Updates On Access to Data
Internet Infrastructure Coalition Statement on NSA Information Gathering
Washington, DC – Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) Co-Founder and Board Chair Christian Dawson today released the following statement on the National Security Agency’s information gathering program and efforts to declassify the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court’s order related to the program: “This country faces a delicate balance every day between security and an open Internet. Those […]
Internet Infrastructure Coalition to Host Issues & Trends Panels at HostingCon
Austin, TX – The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) will host a series of “Issues and Trends” panels with leaders of the Internet industry during HostingCon next week in Austin, TX. The panels will focus on the necessity of maintaining a free and open Internet, the future of privacy for customers, the importance of Internet infrastructure […]
The Fixation on Warrantless Data Seizures Makes Prevention of Crime Harder
The Senate is debating reform of the decades old Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Those who oppose this reform, and other reforms designed to preserve our Fourth Amendment rights, often argue that law enforcement needs exceptions to the warrant requirement.
PIPA vs. ECPA: A Story of Education
Remember SOPA and PIPA? Of course you do. While defeating this bad legislation was a great victory for the Internet and one that should not be undervalued, the bill’s defeat didn’t magically teach Congress how the Internet worked. A lack of Internet education continued to threaten the Internet’s future. Fast forward nine short months to […]
i2Coalition Statement On the Advancement of ECPA Reform Bill
Washington, DC – Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) co-founder and Board Chair Christian Dawson released the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee’s unanimous decision to advance the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2013, S. 607: “i2Coalition is pleased that Chairman Leahy’s and Senator Lee’s ECPA Amendments Act, S. 607, a piece of bipartisan […]
i2Coalition Statement On ECPA Amendment
Washington, DC – Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) co-founder and Board Chair Christian Dawson released the following statement in advance of the markup by the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act: “i2Coalition fully supports Chairman Leahy’s and Senator Lee’s bipartisan amendment that will bring ECPA into the Internet age through the establishment of […]