i2Coalition Statement On the Advancement of ECPA Reform Bill
Washington, DC – Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) co-founder and Board Chair Christian Dawson released the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee’s unanimous decision to advance the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2013, S. 607:
“i2Coalition is pleased that Chairman Leahy’s and Senator Lee’s ECPA Amendments Act, S. 607, a piece of bipartisan legislation that will bring ECPA into the Internet age through the establishment of consistent privacy protections for all types of electronic communications, will now be moving to the full Senate.
The Constitutional right of due process is one that is guaranteed to all Americans, and this law will bring legislation from 1986 up-to-date to ensure that right. At the same time, judicial procedures that are currently confusing would be clarified, making it easier for law enforcement to do their job effectively.
As referenced in Chairman Leahy’s remarks from this morning, i2Coalition and nearly one hundred industry groups and top tech companies echoed these thoughts in a letter addressed to Senate Judiciary lawmakers on Monday. We encourage the full Senate to move on these common-sense changes as quickly as we saw the Senate Judiciary Committee move on them today.”