In a vote of 419-0, the US House of Representatives passed the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), which reforms the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to require a warrant for government to access digital communications stored in “the cloud”. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has been a leading advocate of ECPA reform and worked closely with a diverse coalition to advance this important legislation.
Today, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously advanced a version of the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699) through Committee, giving the full House of Representatives the opportunity to vote on the important legislation. The bill would reform the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). CDT supports the advancement of the bill as amended by the Manager’s Substitute.
The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) has launched an Advisory Council to bring new insight and expertise to our policy advocacy work. The Advisory Council has 56 inaugural members, comprising tech policy leaders from a wide variety of organizations and experiences.
Wired: On Thursday evening, Senators Richard Burr and Diane Feinstein released the draft text of what they’ve called the “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016,” which would require people to comply with any authorized court order for data. And if that data were “unintelligible,” the law demands that it be rendered “intelligible.” “This basically outlaws end-to-end encryption,” says Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology. “It’s effectively the most anti-crypto bill of all anti-crypto bills.”
Politico: “I don’t think the issue is going away, but I do think that these disclosures weaken the FBI’s call for mandated backdoors and strengthen the arguments of those who have said there are alternatives to those backdoors,” said Greg Nojeim, director of the Freedom, Security and Technology Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology. “The FBI’s claims that it can’t get in without provider assistance will be looked at more skeptically,” he said.
Joseph Lorenzo Hall, CDT’s Chief Technologist, talks to Marketplace Tech’s Ben Johnson about what questions remain following the FBI’s decision to postpone its hearing on whether Apple should be forced to help unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.