The Washington Post reports an internet petition, demanding modernization of electronic privacy laws, has generated enough signatures to require a response from the Administration. Generated by a coalition, including the ACLU, the petition was built as a public out-cry against the growing evidence of unfettered, and unregulated, government-agency spying on everyday internet use by Americans. The petition calls for updating the Electronic Communication Privacy Act (ECPA).
The law, which was written in 1986, and long before Gmail and Facebook, allows the seizing of e-mail and other digital communications without a warrant. Critics say it doesn't provide enough privacy protections for online communications.