Modernizing rules for law enforcement access to electronic communications is critical in the cloud computing era
Washington, DC — August 2, 2012 —
The Business Software Alliance today commended Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, and John Conyers, Ranking Member of the full Judiciary Committee, for introducing legislation to modernize the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).
“Rapid technology innovation has rendered ECPA archaic,” said BSA President and CEO Robert Holleyman. “The current law was enacted before most people had ever heard of the Internet, much less come to rely on email. So now, instead of consistent rules for law enforcement access to communications, we have a confusing patchwork. The files you store on your computer, on a network, or in the cloud are subject to different standards than the ones you print and save in your desk drawer. That can’t go on. Digital files have to be subject to the same laws as paper.”
“Reforming ECPA is critical to spur the growth of cloud computing,” Holleyman said. “Any country that wants to succeed in the cloud needs clear and consistent rules to protect users’ privacy while enabling the free flow of data and commerce. One of the problems US cloud providers face today is other countries casting doubt on our privacy and security laws. Reforming ECPA would send a strong signal that America intends to remain a leader in the cloud.”
The Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading global advocate for the software industry. It is an association of nearly 100 world-class companies that invest billions of dollars annually to create software solutions that spark the economy and improve modern life. Through international government relations, intellectual property enforcement and educational activities, BSA expands the horizons of the digital world and builds trust and confidence in the new technologies driving it forward.