Senate Considers Troubling Expansion of National Security Letter Authority

Washington -The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee is currently reviewing various amendments in anticipation of its Thursday markup of the Email Privacy Act, which won unanimous passage from the House of Representatives earlier this year. One of the proposed amendments offered by Senator John Cornyn purports to “improve the provisions relating to the privacy of electronic…

CCIA Urges House Passage of Email Privacy Act

Washington – Tomorrow Congress is scheduled to take up the Email Privacy Act on the House floor. The Email Privacy Act, introduced by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Kevin Yoder (R-KS), is a bipartisan bill that aims to modernize the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to prevent Americans’ email from unwarranted government intrusion, in accordance…

Draft Feinstein-Burr Anti-Encryption Bill Would Seriously Harm Security, Speech, and Innovation Online

Washington — A discussion draft of Senators Feinstein and Burr’s long-awaited encryption access bill was released late Thursday night. The “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016” purports to require that digital service providers produce “intelligible data” in response to government demands pursuant to a court order, or provide “technical assistance” to achieve that end.…

Senate Commerce Committee Passes MOBILE NOW Act

Washington — The Senate Commerce Committee approved the MOBILE NOW Act Thursday, adopting multiple amendments from Senators on the committee.  The bill, co-sponsored by Committee Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL), seeks to boost the development of 5G by promoting more spectrum for commercial use and streamlining wireless network deployment.  …

Senate Commerce Committee Conducts Oversight of FCC

Washington — All five FCC Commissioners appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee Wednesday for an oversight hearing.  Amid questions peppered with discussion of accessing Denver Broncos’, Green Bay Packers’, and Minnesota Vikings’ games in different markets in Western states, the hearing covered a broad range of issues related to recent FCC actions.   Net Neutrality…

CCIA Praises Introduction of Encrypt Act

Washington — Representatives Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Blake Farenthold (R-TX) introduced the ENCRYPT Act of 2016 today. The bill would prevent states from mandating or requesting weakened encryption, backdoors, or decryption from manufacturers and providers of consumer Internet devices and services. In the last year, law enforcement and intelligence community officials have sparked another debate…