Of all the good tech-policy ideas dying a slow death in Congress, none has sunk to a deeper level of “
That law tech-policy types call “ECPA” has long since become a four-letter word. Its original sin was leaning on an obsolete understanding of email to grant warrant-free access to messages stored online, but its major failing is now irrelevance: webmail providers demand a warrant anyway.
And yet Congress can’t fix a law that has decayed from dangerousness to uselessness. This year is still young and many Republicans
How we got here
The advent of webmail services in which your messages never left the cloud — beginning less than 10 years after ECPA’s passage with
In 2010, the U.S.Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held in </span><a hr