WASHINGTON, D.C.— On April 25th, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Electronic Communications Privacy Amendments Act of 2013 (S.607) with strong bipartisan support. The bill, co-sponsored by Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), took a critical step towards updating our privacy standards to the 21st Century. The following statements were issued by members of Digital 4th:
“The Leahy-Lee bill brings much needed parity to our nation’s communication privacy laws. These reforms will help protect individual freedoms and ensure our laws encourage success in America’s technology and cloud computing industries,” said Dan Holler, Communications Director of Heritage Action for America.
“With the vote today, Senators took a huge step toward finally updating ECPA to ensure emails and documents we store in the cloud receive the same Fourth Amendment Protections as postal mail and documents we store in desk drawers in our homes,” said CDT Senior Counsel Greg Nojeim. “The bipartisan vote today shows that the time to update ECPA is now. Never before have we seen such wide support from Republicans, Democrats, tech companies of all sizes, advocates, and the public to pass this commonsense update to ensure Constitutional privacy protections for Americans’ most personal communications.”
“For the first time since the creation of the world wide web, Congress has made clear that all private communications online require a search warrant based on probable cause. This important step forward would mean that police are held to the same standard whether they search someone’s house or their inbox,” said Chris Calabrese, Legislative Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
“Americans for Tax Reform is pleased that lawmakers are making a positive step toward bringing Americans the Fourth Amendment protections that they deserve to their email and cloud-based documents. We hope to see more Republicans join Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) as co-sponsors to this necessary legislation that brings privacy protection into the digital age,” said Katie McAuliffe, Federal Affairs Manager at Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) and Executive Director of Digital Liberty.
Source – Press Release – Digital 4th
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