Vanishing rights: stop your online privacy from disappearing

Vanishing-rightsUS 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.

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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!




3 comments shared on this article:

  • DJ says:

    I would say that this is a terrible idea. Everyone already knows the mantra. Cliche as it is, it’s true. Even if they are reading and collecting our data, if you aren’t doing anything wrong, you don’t have to worry. I’m not sure what all the “privacy” zealots intend to accomplish, except create a larger cess pool of free range child predators and domestic terrorists. With cases like these, and events like what happened with Snowden, we the people are actually the ones that suffer because we all become a little less safe. It’s amazing to see Fox News and all the other republicans try to burn the president in any way possible. Media outlets that stir up the public and makes heroes out of criminals like Snowden is another reason we probably need a government employed standards for journalists.

    • goodone says:

      lol, no comment on this! -.-

      • Jax says:

        Regardless of your reasons for wanting privacy, the bottom line is would you like someone reading a private letter to someone over your shoulder? For years we have objected to someone reading a newspaper that way!! Why should we accept this intrusion now? I agree that pedophiles etc should be stopped as i have children of my own but surely they should be vetted when they open their addresses with the the server? Its THEY who are not doing their job if they let these unsavory people do ‘their business’ online. They should be held responsible.

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