Senate Denies Request To Consider Bill To Block Government Hacking Expansion

Washington — Senator Ron Wyden today asked for Senate approval by unanimous consent of his Stopping Mass Hacking Act (S. 2952), which would temporarily block a dangerous expansion of the government’s hacking authority from taking effect. Unfortunately, other members of the chamber objected to Senator Wyden’s move to stop the government from gaining sweeping new…

Civil Rights Groups, CCIA Appeal To Congress To Block Government Hacking Expansion

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association has joined public interest groups to try block an expansion of government hacking. Unless Congress intervenes, a law enforcement request to be given the ability to hack multiple computers in unknown locations outside a magistrate’s jurisdiction will automatically take effect. Today CCIA and others sent a joint…

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…

Coalition Sends Senators Letter Opposing Expanded Government Access To Online Activity Without Judicial Oversight

Washington — A coalition of public interest groups, companies, and associations sent a letter  to senators opposing a move that would give government agents greater access to electronic communications data and records of online activity without judicial oversight. In two different Committees, the Senate is considering modifying the law authorizing National Security Letters to expand…

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…