Washington – CompTIA, the the Computing Technology Industry Association, and the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) are joined by 29 state and regional technology councils across the country in a letter urging Congressional leaders to pass legislation to reform Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) by requiring a warrant for government entities to gain access to all emails, text messages, and other electronic communications. H.R. 699 – The Email Privacy Act, introduced by Congressmen Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Jared Polis (D-CO), currently has overwhelming bipartisan support with 304 co-sponsors, the second highest total of any bill in the House not to earn a floor vote.
“It doesn’t make sense that an email stored on a remote server should be given less protection under the 4th Amendment than a letter in a drawer,” said Elizabeth Hyman, Executive Vice President, CompTIA. “Passing the Email Privacy Act will help bring consumers’ digital privacy protections into the 21st century and ensure that users of email and cloud services are afforded proper protections under the law.”
ECPA was originally passed in 1986, when email was still a nascent technology, and deemed all electronic communications over 180 days old to be “abandoned.” Technology has changed significantly over the last 29 years, however, necessitating reform.
The full list of tech councils joining CompTIA: Arizona Technology Council (AZTC), Austin Technology Council (ATC), California Technology Council, Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC), Colorado Technology Association, CONNECT, Connecticut Technology Council (CTC), Idaho Tech Council (ITC), Illinois Technology Association (ITA), KCnext - The Technology Council of Greater Kansas City, Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC), Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC), Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA), Nashville Technology Council, New Hampshire High Tech Council (NHHTC), New Jersey Tech Council (NJTC), New York Technology Council (NYTECH), North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA), OCTANe, OHTech, Orange County Technology Alliance, Software San Diego, Tech Collective, Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky (TALK), Technology Association of Oregon (TAO), Utah Technology Council, Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), Wisconsin Technology Council
The full text of the letter sent to congressional Leaders can be found here.
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