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JL
- 2121 days ago - supportinternetprivacy.com
The IRS -- or any agency of the federal government -- should not be able to access my email account without my consent or a search warrant.



   

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JL A (281)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 10:48 am
Back in 1986, social networks took place in community halls, churches, and family gatherings. And a mouse didnít open your mailbox.

Today, the leading social networks are on the Internet, and email can be accessed with the click of a mouse.

Despite these changes, federal law governing online privacy remains in the 20th century, frozen in a time before Google or Facebook.

As attorney general, I fought for consumer rights. I have kept that up in my early days in the Senate, too. Right now, Iím teaming with Senators Begich, Merkley and Wyden to prevent federal agencies like the IRS from accessing your email account without a search warrant or your consent.

Itís time to act to prevent needless federal intrusion into our online privacy. Please make your voice heard in Congress: pass modern online privacy protections. You deserve to be protected.

Click here join me and Senators Begich, Merkley and Wyden in demanding that Congress update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 to prevent needless searches and protect your online content and identity.

After decades of rapid change, we need to modernize the law to protect online privacy. Please support this effort by sending your message to Congress.

Click here to join me and Senators Begich, Merkley and Wyden to demand that Congress update online privacy law.

Thanks for all your support,

Heidi
 

JL A (281)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 10:49 am
Do you have emails older than 180 days sitting around in your inbox? If so, right now, police can read them without a search warrant -- no questions asked.

Sound crazy? It is. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which governs which emails law enforcement can access, was written in 1986 -- when email was rare, and keeping it around for six months was rarer still.

It's time to bring our privacy laws into the 21st Century. Senator Mike Lee and I have introduced a bill to amend ECPA and make sure law enforcement agencies are required to get a search warrant before reading your email, no matter how old it is.

Last month, Senator Lee and I were able to see that the bill was reported from the Judiciary Committee, and now it is before the full Senate, awaiting floor action. We need your help to show the grassroots support for strong privacy protections to keep the momentum going on this important privacy legislation.

Stand up for privacy in the digital age: Sign on as a citizen co-sponsor of my legislation to reform ECPA and protect your email privacy!

Privacy laws written in an analog era don't work for the privacy threats we face in a digital world.

Three decades later, we need to update this law to reflect new privacy concerns and new technological realities. Our federal privacy laws need to keep pace with American innovation and the changing mission of our law enforcement agencies.

The Justice Department knows it, too. It has said there is "no principled basis to treat email less than 180 days old differently than email more than 180 days old." It's rare enough to find bipartisan compromise these days, much less agreement with affected government agencies.

This one is a no-brainer, and it's past time we updated this antiquated law. Help us get it done.

Stand up for privacy in the digital age: Sign as a citizen co-sponsor of my legislation to reform ECPA and protect your email privacy!

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Patrick Leahy
U.S. Senator

Second petition at:

https://secure3.convio.net/leahy/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=209&JServSessionIdr004=wmw1fe8qd7.app339a
 

Kit B (276)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 10:52 am

Thank you for joining Sens Begich, Heitkamp, Merkley, and Wyden in demanding that Congress update Internet privacy laws.
 

Kit B (276)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 10:56 am

I would sign petition number but after a copy and paste the link brings me right back here.

I did not know that after 180 days police could intrude into my email. If they are doing that, could they please delete them for me too?
 

Kit B (276)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 10:57 am

** I gave this link a try and it brought me back to this site.

https://secure3.convio.net/leahy/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&page=UserAction&id=209&JServSessionIdr004=wmw1fe8qd7.app339a
 

Terry V (30)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 11:37 am
S&N THANKS
 

Nancy Black (308)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 12:13 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, tweeted, signed six times with family emails. To me, the right of privacy is one of our greatest freedoms. You can have my guns; if I had any, but stay out of my body, bedroom, banking, religion, health concerns, politics, private correspondences or computer.
 

JL A (281)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 12:17 pm
Leahy's petition link was working when I posted, but now I get a convio error message too--so sorry Kit and others! You are welcome Terry.
You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
You cannot currently send a star to Terry because you have done so within the last day.
 

Christeen A (300)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 12:32 pm
Signed.
 

JL A (281)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 12:47 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Christeen because you have done so within the last day.
 

Debbie G (306)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 1:04 pm
S&N. Kit LOL...can't send you a green star yet.
Big Brother is always watching...shades of "1984" by George Orwell and 1984 is long past.
 

Mary T (356)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 1:11 pm
Signed & Noted - thank you JL
 

JL A (281)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 1:17 pm
You are welcome Mary. You cannot currently send a star to Mary because you have done so within the last day.
 

Nicole W (646)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 1:45 pm
Thank you for joining Sens Begich, Heitkamp, Merkley, and Wyden in demanding that Congress update Internet privacy laws. ~ thank you JL
 

JL A (281)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 1:50 pm
You are welcome Nicole.
You cannot currently send a star to Nicole because you have done so within the last day.
 

Virgene L (53)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 1:52 pm
Who knew? Gladly signed. Thanks.
 

Jason Green (235)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 1:59 pm
Thank you for joining Sens Begich, Heitkamp, Merkley, and Wyden in demanding that Congress update Internet privacy laws.
 

Angelika R (143)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 2:58 pm
signed both, thx.
Leahy's petition
 

Candy L (473)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 2:58 pm
Signed & Twiited Thanks, & Lisa M. Your report has been submitted to Customer Service. Thank you. (Spam)
 

Angelika R (143)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 2:59 pm
lol Kit ;) and spammer flagged
 

JL A (281)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 3:10 pm
Thanks for posting 2nd petition link Angelika! Thanks for joining me in flagging spam Candy (profile is gone--now for all the spam)!
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 3:14 pm
Signed this one+Leahy's too. Thx JL+Angelika too!
 

JL A (281)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 3:19 pm
You are welcome Natasha! You cannot currently send a star to Natasha because you have done so within the last day.
 

Dotti L (85)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 3:26 pm
Noted and signed. I guess that I should start deleting my old E. Mails. Am somewhat of a hoarder when it comes to E. Mails. I think, oh, I will go back and forward this one or I should answer this one and they keep piling up.
 

Angelika R (143)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 3:28 pm
I've always wondered if it is any help to flag multiple times when the spam is right back there/stays on? I mean by me/each who already flagged.-?
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 5:01 pm
Done
 

JL A (281)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 5:03 pm
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Mitchell D (82)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 6:31 pm
Noted and signed.
 

JL A (281)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 6:56 pm
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Vicky P (476)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 7:54 pm
noted and signed
 

JL A (281)
Thursday May 30, 2013, 7:55 pm
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Sherri G (128)
Friday May 31, 2013, 1:21 am
Tried to co-sign petition but wouldn't go through. Was it restricted to Alaska residents only? Noted TY JL
 

Daniel Partlow (179)
Friday May 31, 2013, 6:39 am
Noted and signed without trouble. Not that I have anything I would be worried about the government reading in MY e-mail, but it is the principle of the thing.
 

. (0)
Friday May 31, 2013, 10:27 am
Done
 

JL A (281)
Friday May 31, 2013, 10:39 am
You are welcome Sherri.
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Past Member (0)
Friday May 31, 2013, 10:40 am
Signed. Thanks!
 

JL A (281)
Friday May 31, 2013, 10:42 am
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Birgit W (160)
Friday May 31, 2013, 3:42 pm
US only, thank you.
 

Lisa Zilli (17)
Friday May 31, 2013, 4:52 pm
Signed
 

Colleen L (3)
Friday May 31, 2013, 10:30 pm
Petition gladly signed. Thanks JL
 

JL A (281)
Friday May 31, 2013, 10:41 pm
You are welcome Birgit and Colleen.
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Edwin M (346)
Saturday June 1, 2013, 7:12 am
Signed, thank you JL
 

John B (185)
Saturday June 1, 2013, 12:34 pm
Thanks JL for the post.
First letter signed. "Thank you for joining Sens Begich, Heitkamp, Merkley, and Wyden in demanding that Congress update Internet privacy laws."
Second letter by Sen Leahy signed. "Thank you for signing on as a citizen co-sponsor."
Post noted.
 

JL A (281)
Saturday June 1, 2013, 12:37 pm
You are welcome John. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last day
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday June 1, 2013, 4:20 pm
Signed, shared & noted. Many thanks, JL. And, thanks to Angelika for the link....signed & shared that one, too.
I have hundreds of pieces of old mail stashed on a "cloud" somewhere for future reference.....maybe I'll use them to write a book in my "older" age. So, if the spies want to go through them, maybe they could rearrange them for me in a suitable manner to make it easier for me, since they're quite a chaotic jumble presently. I don't even leave spaces betweenwords so I have more room. LOL!
Seriously, this is truly disturbing; most of us have nothing to hide and I believe their time and my tax money could be better spent spying on genuine threats....or maybe there's just not really enough of those to support this vast systemic spying. That boondoggle SuperFusion Center that's being built in UT now with billion$ of our tax dollars needs to be dismantled and de-funded. Presently, there's already over 70 Fusion Centers within the 50 states.
 

Jamie Clemons (282)
Sunday June 2, 2013, 6:38 pm
our paper mailboxes are protected by federal law. our digital mailbox should be no different.
 

ER C (65)
Saturday June 8, 2013, 12:18 pm

No problem with me AS LONG AS THEY DON'T SELL MY EMAIL ADDRESS !

D.O.T. LICENSE BUREAU USED TO DO THAT WITH PEOPLES' MAILING ADDRESS'

.... UNTIL PEOPLE SCREAMED .... & WASHING TON MADE THEM STOP.

DER DE DUR
 

Sergio Padilla (65)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 9:10 am
Thank you for joining Sens Begich, Heitkamp, Merkley, and Wyden in demanding that Congress update Internet privacy laws.
 
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