Patients need and want to use secure, encrypted email to communicate with health professionals. Why should the government be able to look at our email without a warrant?
The 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) must be updated to stop the government from reading our email without approval from a judge.
From the letter to President Obama signed by 81 groups, including Patient Privacy Rights, that asked him to champion fixing the ECPA:
- “We write today to urge you to support reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to guarantee that every American has full constitutional and statutory protections for the emails, photos, text messages, and other documents that they send and share online.”
“A warrant based on the probable cause standard is required for searches of U.S. mail, searches of a home, or even electronic communications that are not stored with companies like Google or Yahoo.” The same protections are just as important for email between doctors and patients!
Support for “email privacy” is bipartisan, see: #ECPAReform http://bit.ly/1rAW7MY
URL for POLITICO article: http://www.politico.com/morningtech/0414/morningtech13755.html
POLITICO Morning Tech: FIRST LOOK: TECH GROUPS PRESS AGAIN ON ECPA REFORM — A gaggle of tech advocacy and industry groups are again imploring the White House to put their weight behind email privacy reform, and this time making clear that any loopholes for civil agencies would be a nonstarter. The groups, led chiefly by the Digital 4th and Digital Due Process coalitions, have been ramping up their ECPA reform push in the hopes of convincing Washington to tackle an issue that they see as low-hanging fruit. In a letter to President Obama today, they want the White House to know that they won’t support any warrant requirement carve-out for federal agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission. “Seemingly, the only major impediment to passage is an objection by administrative agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission, which would like to gut the legislation as a way to expand their investigative authorities,” write the groups, which include TechNet, Reddit, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU. “Such an agency carve out would be a major blow to reform efforts, allowing increased government access to our communications during the many civil investigations conducted by federal and state agencies.” Full letter here: http://bit.ly/1kfKrfX