In 1986, there was no World Wide Web, nobody carried a cell phone, and the only “social networking” two-year-old Mark Zuckerberg was doing was at pre-school or on play dates.
1986 was also the last time that the law that protects the privacy of your electronic life — email, cell phone location records, Facebook posts, search history, cloud computing documents — was passed.
Since 1986, technology has advanced at breakneck speed while electronic privacy law remained at a standstill. The outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) is allowing the government to engage in a shopping spree in the treasure trove of information about who you are, where you go, and what you do, that is being collected by cell phone providers, search engines, social networking sites, and other websites every day.
Online privacy law shouldn’t be older than the Web, and Americans shouldn’t have to choose between new technology and privacy.
But, privacy law doesn’t auto-update. Visit www.aclu.org/ecpa to learn more and take action today.