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JUL 27, 2017 | US

BSA | The Software Alliance Welcomes the Senate's Bipartisan ECPA Reform Bill

WASHINGTON – July 27, 2017 – BSA | The Software Alliance welcomes the introduction of the ECPA Modernization Act of 2017 in the Senate today by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT). This legislation would modernize the outdated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) by requiring a warrant for law enforcement to access content stored in the cloud. It also reforms the “gag order” authority, which prevents service providers from notifying customers when they receive a warrant for content. BSA has urged Congress to update ECPA for several years and is encouraged by the Senate’s bipartisan legislation, as well as the House’s passage of the Email Privacy Act earlier this year. We look forward to working with Congress to pass ECPA reform legislation – a positive step toward improving consumer privacy and an important part of a global effort to address law enforcement access to data around the world consistent with privacy expectations. 

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