Tag Archives: Email

House Members Reintroduce Email Privacy Act

On January 9, 2017, Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) reintroduced the Email Privacy Act.  According to Rep. Yoder’s spokesman, the text of the bill is similar to the version the House of Representatives unanimously approved last April, but which did not pass the Senate.  As we previously reported, the proposed changes would … Continue Reading

House Unanimously Passes Email Privacy Act

On April 27, the House of Representative unanimously passed the Email Privacy Act.  As previously reported, the proposed changes would strengthen the privacy protections for email and other cloud-storage services by closing a loophole that allowed law enforcement to access older data without obtaining a warrant. However, while there is widespread support to require warrants … Continue Reading

House Judiciary Committee Approves Email Privacy Act

In a unanimous vote, the House Judiciary Committee approved the Email Privacy Act, a long-awaited update to the 30-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).  The proposed changes would strengthen the privacy protections for email and other cloud-storage services by closing a loophole that allowed law enforcement to access older data without obtaining a warrant.  The … Continue Reading

Court Denies Google’s Motion to Dismiss Gmail Wiretap Claims

In a decision issued last week that is being described by some as a “landmark,” Judge Koh of the Northern District of California denied a motion to dismiss a complaint filed against Google alleging that its Gmail service unlawfully intercepts the contents of emails sent by and to Gmail users.  The case involves Google’s longstanding … Continue Reading

Court Holds That CAN-SPAM Preempts Michigan Anti-Spam Suit

A federal district court in Michigan recently held that the federal CAN-SPAM Act preempts Michigan’s anti-spam law.  Unlike the federal law, Michigan’s statute offers individuals who receive unsolicited commercial email, or “spam,” a private cause of action.  The decision, by Judge Janet T. Neff of the Western District of Michigan in Hafke v. Rossdale Group, … Continue Reading

Senator Leahy Proposes Amendments to ECPA

By Elizabeth Katz & Steve Satterfield Twenty-five years after authoring the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (“ECPA”), Senator Patrick Leahy has introduced a bill, the ECPA Amendments Act of 2011 (S. 1011), that is intended to adapt the Act to the privacy and security challenges of the 21st Century.  The bill would amend Title II of ECPA, … Continue Reading

Google, FTC Reach “Buzz” Settlement

Today, the Federal Trade Commission announced that it has accepted, subject to final approval, a consent agreement from Google that would resolve the Commission’s allegations that Google engaged in deceptive trade practices when it launched its “Buzz” social networking service in February 2010. The FTC’s complaint alleges, among other things, that the launch violated Google’s  privacy policy in … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Cert in Seventh Circuit Case Involving FACTA and E-Commerce

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to reconsider Shlahtichman v. 1-800 Contacts Inc., in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held that an email confirmation of an online purchase is not “electronically printed” for purposes of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (“FACTA”).  Among other restrictions, FACTA prohibits … Continue Reading

No More Secrets? Employee Emails Not Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege

Following last year’s Supreme Court decision in Quon v. Arch Wireless, a case that Yaron Dori and I explored in an earlier E-Commerce Law Reports article, courts across the country have been struggling to balance employers’ right to monitor employees’ electronic communications against employees’ privacy rights.  The latest volley in this area is an opinion … Continue Reading

Sixth Circuit Finds Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in E-mails

On Tuesday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in U.S. v. Warshak [PDF] that the government may not compel a commercial Internet service provider to turn over the contents of a subscriber’s e-mails without first obtaining a warrant based on probable cause.  The court recognized fundamental similarities between e-mail and more traditional forms of communication, such as … Continue Reading
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