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SIIA CONTACT: Diane Pinto, (202) 789-4480
SIIA Welcomes Senate Introduction of the ECPA Modernization Act; Urges Passage of Critical Reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 27, 2017) —The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) today thanked Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) for their leadership introducing the ECPA Modernization Act, legislation to establish a wafor access to remotely-stored communications.
Mark MacCarthy, SIIA Senior Vice President of Public Policy, issued the following statement:
"The ECPA Modernization Act provides badly-needed, common-sense reform to the antiquated Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). This legislation will increase consumer trust in hosted IT providers by ensuring that personal data stored remotely enjoys the same legal protection as data stored on the personal computers of consumers.
“The House acted earlier this year to pass companion legislation, the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387). SIIA commends Senators Lee and Leahy for their leadership on this critical issue, and we urge the Senate to expeditiously pass this bill to level the playing field for government access to data stored in the cloud."
SIIA is an umbrella association that represents constituencies from technology, data and media companies. Through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations, SIIA provides a network of resources for its 800+ member companies that drive innovation and growth. For more information, visit www.siia.net.