US privacy laws are awful right now. There: we said it. It’s time to do something about it.
We’re in the middle of a privacy crisis. Just look at all the NSA surveillance news that came out over the summer of 2013 and it’s clear that government spying is everywhere. You have less protection in your emails than you do in hard-copy letters.
At Abine, we’re building technology to help you fight certain parts of them problem, like blocking commercial web trackers or adding a layer of anonymity to your contact info, but we can’t tackle all of it. That’s going to require serious changes in law and culture, too, and it can happen with your help.
All it takes is a moment of your time to visit Vanishing Rights, a resource that’ll put you in touch with your local representatives to tell them to support updates to privacy laws that’ll keep the government out of your email without a warrant. Privacy organizations like CDT and EFF and companies like us and reddit are supporters.
The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) is broken, but now’s our chance to push for an update. VanishingRights.com has great content explaining what’s wrong with ECPA, why privacy matters, and more.
I just called both my local congressional representatives and it was an easy, painless 2 minutes. Pick up the phone; now’s our time to be heard!