December 01, 2015

WASHINGTON – The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice of the tech sector, released the following statement today from President and CEO Dean Garfield following a hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee on H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act, and the need to modernize the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA):

“Today in a House Judiciary Committee hearing, we heard a number of witnesses and Members of Congress call for updating the woefully outdated thirty-year old Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). We could not agree more.”

“When Congress passed ECPA in 1986, dial-up was cutting edge, the Internet was a military project just being extended to leading research universities, and people could not have envisioned the world of online communications we would hold in the palm of our hands. The time for treating online communications the same as offline communications is long past due – law enforcement should be required to obtain a warrant to gain access to user content. Bringing ECPA up to date so your email has the same privacy protections under the law as your snail mail is an effort backed with broad bipartisan support. It’s rare to find 306 Members of Congress who agree on anything, but these 306 Representatives back the Email Privacy Act, and we strongly urge Chairman Goodlatte to move this bill through the Judiciary Committee and allow the House to vote its will.”

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Public Policy Tags: Data & Privacy