| Press Release | Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON – Digital 4th – a privacy coalition comprised of the Center for Democracy & Technology, Americans for Tax Reform, American Civil Liberties Union, and Heritage Action for America – today called on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to stop opposing online privacy reform. In a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, the coalition noted that there was bi-partisan support to amend the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to prohibit warrantless government access to emails, photos, documents, and other private information stored online.

“In this time of widespread concern about government intrusions on privacy, ECPA reform would assure businesses and the public that their electronic communications and documents stored in the cloud receive the same protections as postal mail and letters stored at home or in the office,” the coalition wrote.

Digital 4th offered compromise language to address the SEC’s concerns about access to electronic evidence, writing: “We propose an amendment to ECPA that would make it clear that the SEC or any other agency can use its subpoena power to compel an individual to retrieve and disclose any data held with a third party.”

For a full text of the letter, please click here.