January 09, 2017

WASHINGTON –Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice of the tech sector, issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Andy Halataei applauding the introduction of bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives to update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA):

“When the Electronic Communications Privacy Act passed in 1986, Congress couldn’t imagine email being saved anywhere other than on a hard drive or in paper form," Halataei said. "Today, electronic communications contain the most sensitive details about our lives and they are often stored in the cloud for months or years, but under current law the contents of our junk drawers enjoy stronger privacy protections than our cloud-based email inboxes. The Email Privacy Act protects Americans’ privacy by making consistent the protections for our communications regardless of format, age, or where those communications are stored. The bill unanimously passed the House of Representatives last year and, upon its reintroduction this Congress, we encourage lawmakers in both Chambers to make this the year an ECPA update becomes law."

ITI and the tech industry have advocated for ECPA reform and most recently, encouraged the Senate to pass ECPA to protect Americans’ privacy.

Public Policy Tags: Data & Privacy