Comment Of Senator Leahy On Committee Consideration of Legislative Updates to the Video Privacy Protection Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and Release of Text of Manager’s Amendment
November 26, 2012
“I welcome the upcoming Senate Judiciary Committee debate on updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to better protect Americans’ digital privacy rights. Today, this critical privacy law is significantly outdated and out-paced by rapid changes in technology and the changing mission of our law enforcement agencies.
“When I led the effort to write the ECPA more than 25 years ago, no one could have imagined that emails would be stored electronically for years or envisioned the many new threats to privacy in cyberspace. That is why I am working to update this law to reflect the realities of our time and to better protect privacy in the digital age. I join the many privacy advocates, technology leaders, legal scholars and other stakeholders who support reforming ECPA to improve privacy rights in cyberspace. I hope that all members of the Committee will join me in supporting the effort in Congress to update this law to protect Americans’ privacy.”
The legislation authored by Chairman Leahy and before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday updates existing law so that Americans will have added privacy safeguards for their email and other electronic communications. The issue of electronic privacy has been the subject of two hearings in the Committee in recent years, as well as the Committee’s most recent executive business meeting.
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The Senate Judiciary Committee adopted the Chairman’s substitute at its September 20th mark up. A summary of the Chairman’s substitute, which was updated in the Manager’s package for Committee consideration on Thursday, can be found here.
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NOTICE OF COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE BUSINESS MEETING - An Executive Business Meeting has been scheduled by the Committee on the Judiciary for Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
*Note: Executive Business Meeting agenda subject to change. Click here for updates.*
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Senate Committee on the Judiciary
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226
November 29, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
Katherine Polk Failla, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York
Troy L. Nunley, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California
Sheri Polster Chappell, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida
Pamela Ki Mai Chen, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York
Mark A. Barnett, to be a Judge of the United States Court of International Trade
Angela Tammy Dickinson, to be United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri
H.R. 2471, A bill to amend section 2710 of title 18, United States Code
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