| Press Release | Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Digital 4th – a coalition comprising the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Tax Reform, Center for Democracy & Technology and Heritage Action for America – reacted to the House Judiciary Committee’s hearing on reforming the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).

“The government today doubled down on its strategy to hijack common-sense legislation to update ECPA. Despite incredible bipartisan support, the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) is continuing its efforts to water down ECPA reform by refusing to abide by the search warrant standard. The SEC or any other government agency should not be able to treat emails any differently than postal mail or files stored in a desk drawer. Americans’ Constitutional rights should apply to the online world, just as they do to the offline world.

“The Email Privacy Act is the top co-sponsored bill in Congress. It’s time for Chairman Goodlatte to move this bill to a mark up. With more than 300 cosponsors, it deserves a vote.”