The i2Coalition has joined a group of tech industry leaders in supporting the ECPA Modernization Act of 2017, introduced by Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The bill’s primary function is to create warrant requirements for government and law enforcement access to user information stored in Internet service provider networks. The bill removes the “gag order” authority, preventing providers from disclosing when or for whom they have received a warrant.
“The i2Coalition thanks Senators Leahy and Lee for their bipartisan work on this crucial issue. Internet infrastructure providers in the U.S. are at the center of a vital and growing segment of the U.S. economy. Customers of Internet infrastructure providers have consistently cited warrantless access to data as a critical concern. The ECPA Modernization Act sends a clear signal that the U.S. remains serious about protecting privacy in the Internet era, and passage will strengthen our economy.” added i2Coalition Co-Founder, Board, and Policy Chair David Snead.
Additional supporters include Center For Democracy & Technology (CDT), EFF, Microsoft, R Street Institute, Software and Information Industry Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Association of Research Librarians, American Library Association, Engine, TechFreedom, Open Technology Institute, Constitution Project, CCIA, Yahoo, ITI, ESA Niskanen Center, and National Taxpayers Union.