TCP Lauds Senate Committee Vote to Strengthen Digital Privacy Law

On November 29, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), a 1986 law that regulates government access to the content of private electronic communications such as emails and documents stored “in the cloud.”  The bill would require the government to obtain a warrant based on probable cause in order to gain access to the content of such electronic communications.  The bill passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee would “help bring Fourth Amendment safeguards into the digital age, and Senator Leahy and committee members should be commended for their effort,” TCP’s Senior Policy Counsel Sharon Bradford Franklin said in a statement.  TCP is part of the Digital Due Process Coalition, which strongly supports modernizing ECPA to keep pace with changing technology.

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