WASHINGTON, DC — September 10, 2014 —
BSA | The Software Alliance today urged lawmakers to move quickly to improve digital privacy protections by updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). BSA joined a diverse coalition of technology companies and civil society groups to send letters to House and Senate leaders calling for a vote on pending legislation to modernize digital privacy standards.
“This is a prime opportunity for Congress to pass important, bipartisan legislation that has garnered broad support. The law has simply not kept pace with the developments in technology and web-based services,” said BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel. “More consumers than ever are taking advantage of cloud technologies, but ECPA was envisioned before the cloud, or the commercial Internet, even existed. These reforms would make it clear that the Constitutional privacy protections of the warrant standard apply to digital communications in the same way that they apply to a letter in your desk.”
The legislation would reaffirm digital privacy rights and require warrants to gain access to private communications from service providers.
“We applaud efforts to advance this issue and urge Congressional leaders to bring this issue to a vote to ensure digital information is afforded the same protections as physical property,” Espinel said.
Click to download the letters to the House and Senate.