Access to customer information from Internet infrastructure providers should follow due process of law.
In some instances, law enforcement agencies have a legitimate need to access personal online data—but government access to data must be preceded by due process procedures set out in the 4th Amendment in regards to search and seizure.
United States law is clear on the privacy of phone calls and other non-digital communications: government officials and agencies need a search warrant based on probable cause to gain access. However, such protections don’t extend to email.
A warrant is needed for messages located on the computer of a sender or receiver, but messages older than 180 days can be obtained from the servers of Internet infrastructure providers and other third parties with only a subpoena or court order. A court order can be based on a standard lower than probable cause, and many agencies can issue themselves a subpoena without an outside judge.
Recent Updates On Privacy
i2Coalition Moderates Surveillance Panel at HostingCon
Christian Dawson, Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) Co-Founder and Board Chair, today moderated a panel at HostingCon in Austin, Texas entitled The NSA Government Surveillance & You.
i2Coalition Members Moderate, Participate in NSA Panel at HostingCon
Austin, TX – Christian Dawson, Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) Co-Founder and Board Chair, will be moderating a panel Wednesday at HostingCon in Austin, Texas entitled The NSA Government Surveillance & You. Dawson will be joined on the panel by i2Coalition Co-Founder and Public Policy Working Group Chair David Snead and Elliot Noss, President and CEO […]
i2Coalition Leads Internet Policy Discussion at HostingCon
Coalition members moderate panels on legislation and the growing importance of the Internet infrastructure industry Austin, TX — The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition), comprised of nearly 65 member companies representing Internet infrastructure providers and related tech firms, today moderated a series of “Issues and Trends” panels at HostingCon in Austin, Texas. The panels brought together […]
i2Coalition, Senators Cornyn and Cruz’s Offices Tour Data Foundry Data Center
Group meets with tech leaders and discusses policy issues Austin, TX – Christian Dawson, Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) Co-Founder and Board Chair, today joined members of Senators Cornyn and Cruz’s offices and tech leaders from across the country to tour Data Foundry’s Texas 1 data center in Austin. Texas 1 is Texas’ newest and most […]
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 […]