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Omnibus Spending Bill Fails to Protect Privacy of Americans

The CLOUD Act, inserted at the very end of the 2,232-page omnibus spending bill, will make substantial amendments to ECPA. It grants U.S. law enforcement entities new powers to compel U.S. companies to disclose communications and data on U.S. and foreign users that is stored overseas. It also empowers foreign governments to demand the stored and real-time data and communications of users outside the U.S. The CLOUD Act omits the Email Privacy Act, legislation unanimously passed twice by the U.S. House of Representatives, which would amend ECPA by requiring the government to obtain a warrant before accessing email content. CDT has long advocated for this protection to become law.

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Senators Lee and Leahy Introduce Bold Bill to Protect Privacy in the Digital Age

Today, Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the ECPA Modernization Act of 2017, legislation that would modernize the privacy laws that protect the digital communications of all Americans. The bill, which would fundamentally reform the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, is more comprehensive than previous reform efforts. CDT has been a leading advocate for major ECPA reform to protect privacy in the digital age and strongly supports this bipartisan legislation.

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Email Privacy One Step Closer to Reality

Could this be the year that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) is updated to better protect the privacy our emails? By a voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Email Privacy Act, which would do just that. With the bill moving to the Senate, CDT will work with members of the Digital Due Process Coalition to advocate for its passage.

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Latest Microsoft-Ireland Case Ruling Affirms U.S. Warrants Do Not Reach Data Stored Outside the U.S.

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals today denied the U.S. government’s petition for a rehearing in the Microsoft-Ireland case, effectively sending resolution of the issue of the scope of U.S. warrants to the Supreme Court, Congress, or both. The appellate court left in place the decision of a 3-judge panel, which found that U.S. warrants cannot compel Microsoft to disclose communications it stores in Ireland. CDT welcomes the decision.

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Court Hands Microsoft Major Win, Rules US Warrants Don’t Reach Data Outside the Country

In a unanimous decision, the Second US Circuit Court of Appeals handed Microsoft a complete victory in its challenge to the US government’s demand that Microsoft turn over emails stored in Ireland. The Court of Appeals held that a US warrant does not reach data stored outside of the United States. CDT filed an amicus brief in support of Microsoft in the case and the ruling tracks closely with CDT’s arguments.

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Privacy Wins in a Landslide as House Passes Email Privacy Act

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.

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ECPA Reform Takes a Leap Forward, Email Privacy Act to Receive a Vote

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.

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