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Civil Liberties

April 28, 2016

House Approves Email Privacy Act 419-0, Drawing Tech Industry Praise

By a 419-0 vote, the House approved the Email Privacy Act (HR-699), which would protect the content of people's emails and electronic communications (see 1604260014). Approval of the measure, which updates part of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986, was hailed by privacy and technology associations, which said ECPA lagged behind the rapid advancement of technologies such as cloud computing.

April 27, 2016

IPI Commends U.S. House of Representatives for Passing Email Privacy Act

IPI commends the U.S. House of Representatives for today’s unanimous support passing reforms to ECPA, a necessary step toward protecting Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights guarding against warrantless search and seizure of electronic data.

March 4, 2016

In The Tank Podcast: Civil Asset Forfeiture, Growth in Regulatory Paperwork, and Film Subsidies

IPI expert referenced: Merrill Matthews

Featured this week is a report by the Institute for Policy Innovation titled “Civil Asset Forfeiture and the Constitution.” The report explains what civil asset forfeiture is, why its dangerous, and what specific parts of the Constitution it infringes upon.

February 23, 2016

Why Big Government Liberals Want to Stamp Out the $100 Bill

Some believe eliminating the $100 bill would help the government fight crime, but it would also pave the way for more government intrusions on our privacy.

February 18, 2016

We Can Have Both Freedom and Security, but Freedom is Harder

The law enforcement function is vital to a safe and secure society, but keeping law enforcement within constitutional limits is vital to a free society. We can have both.

February 18, 2016

Unconstitutional Civil Asset Forfeiture Practices Must Be Reformed

Civil asset forfeiture, the seizure of citizens’ property by state and federal law enforcement, is often abusive and frequently violates numerous constitutional rights. The practice must be reformed, or better yet: renounced. 

February 18, 2016

Civil Asset Forfeiture and the Constitution

Virtually everyone agrees with criminal asset forfeiture. But civil asset forfeiture, in which government can seize property without charging the property's owner with a crime, is widespread and troubling because it denies citizens several constitutional rights.


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