NOV 29, 2015 | US
BSA | The Software Alliance Statement on the House Judiciary Committee Hearing on ECPA Reform
WASHINGTON — November 30, 2015 — BSA | The Software Alliance urges the House Judiciary Committee to act quickly to modernize the Electronic Communication Privacy Act (ECPA) by adopting legislation that better reflects today’s technological reality. Tuesday’s hearing is an important step towards legislation to reflect the many changes that have taken place in how we communicate and store information since the law’s enactment nearly thirty years ago.
We support the Email Privacy Act because consumers, businesses, and governments will all benefit from greater clarity in the law about the appropriate ways for law enforcement to access data. The Email Privacy Act makes critical updates to ECPA that are needed to protect the privacy of Americans’ email content and subscriber records. In addition to the inconsistent warrant requirement in ECPA, the law also is unclear on how to govern data requests that cross borders. The lack of clear rules creates unhelpful confusion and has opened the door to US law enforcement demands that could undermine user trust around the world.
Now is the time to modernize ECPA. We thank the House Judiciary Committee for their attention to this critical issue.
SOBRE A BSA
A BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) é a principal defensora do setor global de software perante governos e no mercado internacional. Seus membros estão entre as empresas mais inovadoras do mundo, criando soluções de software que estimulam a economia e melhoram a vida moderna.
Com sede em Washington, DC e operações em mais de 30 países, a BSA promove programas de conformidade que promovem o uso legal de software e defendem políticas públicas que promovem a inovação tecnológica e o crescimento da economia digital.