Washington – The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined other technology advocates today in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, asking for a vote on the Senate’s bipartisan bill that would prevent the government from accessing consumers’ private digital information without a warrant. A separate letter to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, meanwhile, asks for a House vote on the Email Privacy Act. The House bill has now garnered more than 218 bipartisan co-sponsors — the number needed to pass if the House brings it up for a vote.
CCIA has been an advocate for limits on government access to consumer data for decades. The following can be attributed to CCIA President Ed Black:
“This bill, giving electronically stored data the same privacy protections as files stored inside someone’s home, has so many co-sponsors it would overwhelmingly pass if given the change. It is easy to understand the broad bipartisan support for ensuring the Constitution’s checks and balances are kept up to date as technology changes. We join other tech advocates to encourage Congress to schedule a vote on the privacy updates a clear majority of Members already support.”