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Chris Calabrese’s Testimony Before US House Hearing – “Data Stored Abroad: Ensuring Lawful Access and Privacy Protection in the Digital Era”

Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, and Members of the Committee: Thank you for the opportunity to testify on behalf of the Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT). CDT is a nonpartisan, nonprofit technology policy advocacy organization dedicated to protecting civil liberties and human rights, including privacy, free speech and access to information. We applaud the Committee for holding a…

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Coalition Letter Supporting Email Privacy Act in 115th Congress

A coalition of civil society organizations, companies, and trade associations, wrote a letter to the House Judiciary Committee to express our support for the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387). The Act updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the law that sets standards for government access to private internet communications, to reflect internet users’ reasonable expectations of privacy with respect to emails, texts, notes, photos, and other sensitive information stored in the cloud.

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Correcting the Record: The ECTR “Fix”

Last week, Senators John McCain and John Cornyn proposed an amendment to an appropriations bill that would have permitted the FBI to obtain sensitive information, such as email records and browsing history, without a court order. While the amendment failed to meet the required sixty-vote threshold for moving forward, another vote is expected in the coming days on this proposed massive expansion of the FBI’s authority. Before it does, it is important to dispel several misconceptions that arose during the debate about the FBI’s access to the records at issue, “electronic communication transactional records” (ECTRs).

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Letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Supporting H.R. 699

In this letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the undersigned civil society organizations, companies and trade associations write to express support for immediate passage of the Email Privacy Act without any amendments that would weaken the protections afforded by the bill. The Act, recently passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 419-0, updates the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to reflect internet users’ reasonable expectations of privacy with respect to emails, texts, notes, photos, and other sensitive information stored in “the cloud.”

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Email Privacy Act Brief

This brief provides an overview of the the Email Privacy Act (H.R. 699), which recently passed in the House by an overwhelming 419-0 vote. The bill would finally bring the law that sets standards for government access to private internet communications into the 21st century.

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