(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – i2Coaltion Co-Founder and Board Chair Christian Dawson today released the following statement with the news that the Yoder-Polis Email Privacy Act now has 218 co-sponsors in the United States House of Representatives:
“The i2Coalition believes that law enforcement should only be able to access private email through a warrant, just as they must for traditional mail. Legislation to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to recognize that principle reached a significant milestone with a majority of the House of Representatives supporting H.R. 1852.
“Unchanged since it was enacted in 1986, ECPA created exceptions to the U.S. Constitution’s warrant requirement, making it is possible for law enforcement to potentially access email and online communications without a warrant.
“Recognizing that technology has made incredible progress since the 1980’s, Chairman Goodlatte designated updating ECPA as a priority for his committee. With the support of a majority of its members, Congress should now embrace this historic opportunity to bring ECPA into the 21st century, creating a bright-line, warrant-for-content standard.
“The i2Coalition calls on Congress to pass, and the President to sign, H.R. 1852 – real ECPA reform that removes the ability to undermine privacy safeguards and constitutional guarantees, ensuring that users’ electronic communications receive the same legal protections as offline communications.”
The Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition) supports those who build the nuts and bolts of the Internet, and we treat it like the noble profession that it is. We believe the continued growth of the Internet is vital for growing an environment of innovation and seek to engage in ways to foster success of the Internet and Internet infrastructure industry. We seek to influence decision makers to weigh decisions on whether they are good or bad for the Internet economy and its foundational industries. In short, we seek to foster growth within the Internet infrastructure industry by driving others to harness the Internet’s full potential. To learn more about i2Coalition, visit www.i2Coalition.com.