WASHINGTON – The Digital 4th coalition made the following statement regarding the Senate Judiciary Committee’s consideration of the ECPA Amendments Act.
“The effort to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) has made tremendous progress, as it passed the House unanimously and has broad bipartisan support in the Senate. We remain committed to working with the Senate Judiciary Committee in order to pass this important bill; however, significant compromises with law enforcement have already been reached. National security amendments in particular, which have never been part of the ECPA reform discussion and are explicitly carved out of the ECPA Amendments Act, would be poison pills and kill the bill. Now is the time to modernize ECPA for the digital age, and we are fully committed to ensuring ECPA reform becomes a reality this year.”
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.