WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Digital 4th coalition released the following statement on Data Privacy Day:
We are proud to join with other organizations on Data Privacy Day in our mission to protect privacy in the digital age. One step Congress can take immediately is to reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Under the law today, Americans’ emails and other online communications are vulnerable to warrantless government intrusion. Our inboxes and social media accounts have become our digital homes – they deserve the full protection of the constitution,” said Chris Calabrese, Vice President of Public Policy at the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), and a member of the Digital 4th coalition.
“The Email Privacy Act and ECPA Amendments Act have tremendous bipartisan support. These bills were introduced last year on Data Privacy Day and have only continued to grow in support. With more than 300 Representatives and one-fourth of the Senate, there’s no reason why they continue to remain stalled. Congress should follow the lead of states around the country and pass these bills without delay,” said Katie McAuliffe, Federal Affairs Manager at Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), and a member of the Digital 4th coalition.
Digital 4th is a bipartisan coalition dedicated to bringing Fourth Amendment protections into the 21st century. The members consist of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and Heritage Action for America.