07.29.10

Comment Of Senator Leahy On A Proposed Change By The Administration To The Electronic Communications Privacy Act

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.),
Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee,
On A  Proposed Change By The Administration
To The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)
July 29, 2010

“Given the technical advances of the last two decades and the need for a comprehensive, national cybersecurity strategy, it is clear that the Electronic Communications Privacy Act must be updated to reflect the realities of the Digital Age. But the administration’s proposal to change ECPA to cover electronic communication transaction records raises serious privacy and civil liberties concerns.

“While the government should have the tools that it needs to keep us safe, American citizens should also have protections against improper intrusions into their private electronic communications and online transactions.  We must also address past government abuses of these authorities.  The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold hearings this fall to study these and other important issues.”

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