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    In the News: The eBill of Rights

    Privacy Lives joins a transpartisan group of organizations — led by the Liberty Coalition — in supporting the “eBill of Rights.” The eBill was created to protect the “Constitutional right of all Americans to private and secure communications, including those made by digital means.” Other groups supporting the eBill include: the Rutherford Institute; the International Association of Whistleblowers; and the American Policy Center.

    I firmly support the e-Bill because I believe that the laws need to stop playing catch-up with technology, but instead protect individuals’ personal data no matter what form the information takes — paper, phone, digital, etc.

    The first four rights are:

    I. The Constitutional right of all Americans to private and secure communications, including those made by digital means, shall not be abridged.

    II. Citizens’ digital communications shall be protected against unreasonable searches and seizures as construed by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    III. All forms of digital communication shall be construed to be private so that such communication may not be accessed or used without the prior express informed consent of all of the originator(s).

    IV. No governmental or commercial or other benefit may be gained from an individual’s digital or other communications without the individual’s prior express informed consent.

    View the complete eBill of Rights here.

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