Today, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is joining a nationwide day of action calling for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the law that says the government can access your email and documents in the cloud without a warrant.
ECPA is one of the Internet’s most outdated laws – it was enacted in 1986, before most people had access to a home computer or email. While the public has been rightfully outraged over reports that the NSA accesses communications without a warrant, ECPA says that hundreds of other government agencies—like the IRS, FBI, and DEA, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies—can access many of our stored emails, private social media messages, and documents in the cloud without getting a warrant from a judge. The law flies directly in the face of our Fourth Amendment values.
Tony Wagner steps into his new role as the director of advocacy and policy for the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri (ACLU-MO) today, working out of the Kansas City office. He will oversee the organization’s legislative, public education and advocacy efforts.
For the past five years, Wagner was a regional field director for the Human Rights Campaign, where he motivated grassroots advocates to take action throughout the Great Plains and western states. Before that, he worked as a consultant, campaign manager and field organizer for numerous political campaigns. “It will be particularly fulfilling to be able to use the skills I’ve honed over the past 20 years to protect freedoms in my home state.”