WASHINGTON, DC — April 25, 2013 —
BSA | The Software Alliance today applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage of legislation to modernize the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) for the Internet age.
“This is the second time in five months that the Judiciary Committee has advanced ECPA reform. I commend Chairman Leahy, Ranking Member Grassley and their colleagues on the Committee for treating the issue with the urgency it deserves,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “There are some issues in Washington where there are profound disagreements about what needs to be done. This isn’t one of them. There is broad bipartisan agreement and a groundswell of support for reform among industry and public interest groups. Everyone understands that law enforcement access and constitutional protections should be the same for online files and other digital records as they are for papers stored in a file cabinet. I urge the full Senate to take up this bill as soon as possible, and I urge the House to follow suit.”