October 17, 2011 | By Rebecca Jeschke

ECPA Anniversary Week Brings Calls for Change

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the main federal law setting standards for government access to electronic communications like email.  As we’ve been saying for years, ECPA is woefully outdated, putting Americans’ privacy at risk.

That’s why EFF is a co-sponsor of Tuesday’s press conference about updating privacy law for the 21st Century.  Senator’s Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) will discuss the changes needed to ensure privacy rights as technology continues to advance.

But the 1980s weren’t all bad news.  If you are in Washington, D.C., you should Party Like it’s 1986 on the evening of Oct. 20.  It will be a chance to celebrate what was great about the 80s while showing support for improved privacy law.  And remember to sign the petition calling on Congress to update the law to safeguard our digital privacy.  Americans deserve more than yesterday’s laws when using today’s technology.

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