House Passage of ECPA Reform is Important Step Toward Strengthening Confidence in Cloud Computing

For Immediate Release:

SIIA Communications Contact: Diane Pinto, 202.789.4480, dpinto@siia.net


House Passage of ECPA Reform is Important Step Toward Strengthening Confidence in Cloud Computing

 

Washington, D.C. (April 13, 2016) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association representing the software and digital content industries, today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) – legislation to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). SIIA recently joined with a large group of organizations and businesses in urging passage of this reform bill.

Mark MacCarthy, SIIA’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy, issued the following statement:

“For consumers to feel safe with cloud computing, personal data stored remotely must have the same legal protection as data on their own computer. House passage of ECPA reform brings us one step closer to leveling the playing field for government access to data stored in the cloud. The House-passed bill includes badly needed updates to ECPA’s 1980s-era provisions and will increase consumer trust hosted IT providers.

“The existing and outdated ECPA statue leaves providers and users with a baffling set of rules that are difficult to apply, especially as more and more information moves to the cloud. Today’s action begins to make important changes to address this, and we commend the leadership of Judiciary Chairman Goodlatte (R-VA), and bill sponsors Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Jared Polis (D-CO).”

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