WASHINGTON, D.C. – Digital 4th – a coalition comprised of the American Civil Liberties Union, Americans for Tax Reform, Center for Democracy & Technology and Heritage Action for America – released the following statement regarding the White House’s response to its petition calling for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA):
“It’s taken the White House more than two years to express agreement that ‘ECPA is outdated, and it should be reformed.’ We are happy that the petition finally received an answer. The law governing Americans’ digital privacy was written in 1986 – before the World Wide Web existed. That’s why there is tremendous momentum behind updating ECPA for the 21st century. We hope the White House will continue to express support for Electronic Communications Privacy,” Katie McAuliffe of Americans for Tax Reform and a member of the Digital 4th coalition.
“It’s disappointing the White House decided not to endorse ECPA reform legislation. More than 113,000 Americans petitioned the White House, and more than 300 members of Congress have co-sponsored legislation. President Obama should join with Congressional leaders and pass the Email Privacy Act in the House and ECPA Amendments Act in the Senate in their current form. These bills are crucial for privacy protections online,” said Chris Calabrese of the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and a member of Digital 4th coalition.