WASHINGTON, DC — March 19, 2013 —
BSA | The Software Alliance today welcomed introduction in the US Senate of the Electronic Communications Privacy Amendments Act of 2013, which would update for the digital age a law first enacted in 1986.
“The digital age requires digital-age laws. We applaud Senators Leahy and Lee for working to align privacy protections with modern communications technologies,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “ECPA was first adopted before the Internet took hold, before cloud computing, before smart phones, before tablets. Communications on these technologies deserve the same level of protection as letters in the US mail.”
Introduced by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), the ECPA Amendments Act will improve Americans’ digital privacy rights by requiring authorities to obtain warrants to gain access to private communications from service providers.
“BSA is part of a broad coalition of technology companies and privacy advocates that believes legislation is needed to strike the right balance between privacy expectations and law enforcement needs,” Holleyman said. “We need to protect the individual while maintaining the tools that police and investigators need.”