(February 7, 2017) —
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for quickly passing the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387). The legislation, sponsored by Reps. Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), establishes a clear warrant requirement for access to remotely-stored communications.
Mark MacCarthy, SIIA’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy, issued the following statement:
“The Email Privacy Act is a critical and common-sense reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). It provides badly needed updates to ECPA’s 1980s-era provisions and will increase consumer trust in hosted IT providers.
"For consumers to feel safe with cloud computing, personal data that is stored remotely must have the same legal protection as data on their own computer. House passage of H.R. 387 brings us one step closer to leveling the playing field for government access to data stored in the cloud. We urge the Senate to move expeditiously to enact this needed reform.”
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