A Major Step Forward for Privacy Protection
Washington – CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, released the following statement on the House Judiciary Committee’s passage of an amended version of the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) on a 28-0 vote. The bill closes ECPA’s current loophole that allows law enforcement access to emails and other stored communications over 180 days old without a warrant. The following statement should be attributed to Elizabeth Hyman, Executive Vice President, CompTIA:
“After years of hard work, today marked a huge step towards much-needed reform of an outdated law. Reforming ECPA to require a warrant for content is crucial to protecting Americans’ privacy, and we thank the Committee for passing this bill without amendments like a civil agency carveout or a mandatory emergency exception that could have diminished that privacy protection. With 314 co-sponsors, we hope that this bill quickly moves to the House floor, and that the Senate takes similar steps in the coming months.”
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