| Press Release | Washington, D.C.

Following the introduction of bipartisan legislation to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) by Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), members of Digital 4th released the following statement:

“Senator Mike Lee continues to demonstrate his leadership in Constitutional principles by supporting bipartisan legislation that brings the Fourth Amendment into the digital world,” said Katie McAuliffe of Americans for Tax Reform and Executive Director of Digital Liberty. “Our digital documents should be Fourth Amendment safe. We applaud his co-sponsorship of legislation with Senator Patrick Leahy in a joint effort to require warrants for email and cloud content obtained from third parties by law enforcement.”

“Senators Leahy and Lee are the ‘Dream Team’ of ECPA reform,” said Center for Democracy & Technology Senior Counsel Greg Nojeim. “Their bill will give ECPA reform a strong boost: Leahy, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and original author of the 1986 ECPA is joining forces with Mike Lee, a Tea Party Favorite and a strong voice for Constitutional rights.”

“Our e-mails contain the most intimate details of our lives and therefore deserve the full protections of the Fourth Amendment,” said Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel at the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office. “The original ECPA law was passed nearly 30 years ago, before the World Wide Web was even invented and cloud-based e-mail services would have been seen as science fiction. We’re pleased to see bipartisan support for legislation which closes loopholes that allow the government to access years and years of Americans’ communications without any need to prove to a judge that a person is suspected of a crime. Whether people communicate electronically or through regular mail, they should feel secure that the government won’t look at their emails or letters without first getting a judge’s say so.”