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CompTIA and 26 Tech Councils Commend House Passage of Email Privacy Act

Apr 27, 2016

ECPA will provide much needed privacy protections to consumers 

Washington – CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, and 26 state and regional tech councils commend the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) by a vote of 419-0. CompTIA and technology groups across the country have supported this bill for years. Its passage would close ECPA’s current loophole allowing law enforcement access to emails and other stored communications over 180 days old without a warrant.

“After years of hard work, today marks a huge step towards much-needed reform of an outdated law.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 House for passing the Email Privacy Act without amendments like a civil agency carveout or a mandatory emergency exception that could have diminished that privacy protection,” Elizabeth Hyman, Executive Vice President, CompTIA. “We hope that after the overwhelming support this bill has received in the House, the Senate will quickly take up this legislation to protect our digital privacy. 

“State and regional technology associations across the U.S. have been working the past few years to pass this very important privacy legislation,” said Skip Newberry, president, Technology Association of Oregon and chairman, Technology Councils of North America (TECNA). “Tech councils visited more than 100 congressional offices this past Februrary, as part of the CompTIA D.C. Fly-in, educating Members of Congress and their staff about the impact the current loopholes have on their businesses.” 

Supporting State and Regional Tech Associations
Arizona Technology Council (AZTC), Austin Technology Council (ATC), California Technology Council (CTC), 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), 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), OHTech, Orange County Technology Alliance, Tech Collective, Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), Technology Association of Louisville Kentucky (TALK), Technology Association of Oregon (TAO), Tech Titans, Utah Technology Council (UTC), Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), Wisconsin Technology Council.

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners and nearly 2 million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. Visit CompTIA online, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About CompTIA Advocacy
Through its advocacy arm, CompTIA champions member-driven business and IT priorities that impact all information technology companies – from small managed solutions providers and software developers to large equipment manufacturers and communications service providers. CompTIA gives eyes, ears and a voice to technology companies, informing them of policy developments – and providing the means to do something about it. 

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