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 Members Make A Difference in Washington
The i2Coalition conducted successful meetings between our members and legislators from the House and Senate, representatives the FBI, the Homeland Affairs Committee, the Government Affairs Committee, the Department of Commerce, and more.
i2Coalition Files Brief With Technology Associations To Uphold Liability Protections
The suit could have wide-reaching consequences, greatly increasing the liability risk for Internet service providers.
Universal Acceptance: Making All Domains Work for Everyone
Since 2010 the Domain Name System (DNS) has expanded dramatically, not only fueling competition, choice and innovation, but truly enabling a multi-lingual Internet.
i2Coalition Delivers Letter To House Leadership Advocating Section 702 Reform
Reform of Section 702 is necessary to restore confidence in internet companies.
i2Coalition Applauds Passing Of Email Privacy Act H.R. 387
The Email Privacy Act will finally bring the Electronic Communications Privacy Act – or ECPA – into the modern world.
i2Coalition Issues Statement of Support for Email Privacy Act
Yesterday we issued a statement of support for the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387), which was introduced by Representatives Kevin Yoder and Jared Polis.