Score a win for privacy! Protecting digital communications stored in the cloud is one of the few issues Congress agrees on unanimously: The U.S. House of Representative has overwhelming passed the Email Privacy Act – by a vote of 419 to 0.
The legislation, an upgrade of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), requires a law enforcement agency to obtain a search warrant to gain access to cloud accounts.
The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a leading advocate of ECPA reform, has been working to advance the legislation.
“With the rise of cloud computing, our emails, photos and texts are stored with third parties. For the law to keep up with technology and users’ reasonable expectation of privacy, that information must be protected by a search warrant. That’s the same constitutional standard that protects the information we store in our homes,” says CDT Vice President of Policy Chris Calabrese.
The Email Privacy Act now moves to the Senate. Hopefully, it will be passed in that body, too, and become the law. This reform is long overdue and much needed for the modern cloud-computing era.
Technology and concerns about privacy have both changed a lot in the last 30 years – it’s time for the law to catch up!
— Greg Arnette is the founder and CTO of Sonian. Follow Greg on Twitter for more information about email, collaboration, big data management, cloud computing, start-ups and more.
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