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SIIA Applauds Judiciary Committee Action on ECPA Reform; Says it is Essential for Consumer 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 House Judiciary Committee for unanimously passing the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) – legislation to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).
Mark MacCarthy, SIIA’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy, issued the following statement:
“This badly needed update to ECPA will give consumers the confidence of knowing that personal data stored in the cloud has the same legal protection as data on their own computer. The government currently needs a warrant to access personal email and communications on an individual’s computer, but if that same data is stored remotely, the standard is much lower. In this age cloud computing, the outdated ECPA statue leaves providers and users with a baffling set of rules that are difficult to apply.
“The Email Privacy Act will level the playing field for government access to data stored in the cloud. This bipartisan legislation will update ECPA’s 1980s-era provisions so that customers can trust hosted IT providers when storing personal email, photos and other records.
“With 300 House cosponsors and today’s bipartisan approval by the Judiciary Committee, the legislation is now cleared for prompt passage by the full House, and consideration in the Senate. SIIA commends the work of Chairman Goodlatte (R-VA), and bill sponsors Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Jared Polis (D-CO), for their leadership on this critical legislation.”
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