Reforming laws: International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)

The current U.S. law governing police access to data is more than 30 years old and does not reflect the modern realities of cloud computing. ICPA would make it easier for police to work with cloud-based evidence around the world while reassuring the rights of people and businesses that use technology.

Sep 12, 2017 | Brad Smith, Reforming Laws | International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)

ICPA: Momentum to modernize outdated data law builds in Congress

Today marks another important step in the building momentum for legislation to clarify how U.S. warrants for digital information apply domestically and abroad. The International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA) has now been introduced in the U.S. House by Representatives Doug Collins (R-Georgia), Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York), Darrell Issa (R-California) and Suzan DelBene (D-Washington). ICPA was...

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Sep 12, 2017 | Brad Smith, Reforming Laws | International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)

Reps. Collins, Jeffries, Issa and DelBene introduce House version of the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)

Today, Representatives Doug Collins (R-GA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY),) Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Suzan DelBene (D-WA) introduced the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives. This follows Senator Orrin Hatch’s introduction of ICPA in the Senate in July. More information about today’s introduction is available here. Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer...

Aug 1, 2017 | Reforming Laws | International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)

Sens. Hatch, Coons, Heller introduce International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)

Today, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Chris Coons (D-Delaware) and Dean Heller (R-Nevada) introduced the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)— bipartisan legislation to protect personal privacy and clarify U.S. law enforcement’s ability to obtain access to electronic communications stored abroad. The question of whether and when U.S. warrants extend extraterritorially is at the core of  Microsoft’s...

Aug 1, 2017 | Reforming Laws | International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)

Sen. Hatch urges senate to support the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)

Today, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) took to the Senate floor to speak about the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA), bipartisan legislation he introduced with Senators Chris Coons (D-Delaware) and Dean Heller (R-Nevada). The bill would create a legal framework that enables law enforcement’s work with cloud-based evidence around the world—while respecting borders and the timeless...

Jul 27, 2017 | Reforming Laws | International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)

BSA | The Software Alliance congratulates Senate on International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA) introduction

Today, BSA |The Software Alliance, an industry trade group representing some of the world’s most innovative companies, expressed its support for the Senate introduction of the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA). This bill creates a modern legal framework that enables international law enforcement agencies to do their jobs—while respecting borders and the timeless values cherished...

Jun 15, 2017 | Reforming Laws | International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)

Modern digital data laws that balance law enforcement needs with privacy can create a model for the world

A consensus is emerging among technology companies, civil society, judges, law enforcement officials and other stakeholders on the need to modernize our country’s antiquated digital data laws. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) – enacted nearly 31 years ago – was written at a time when American industry’s technology, customer base and infrastructure were largely...

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Nov 12, 2016 | Brad Smith | International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA) |

Op-ed: Hatch bill clarifies what is private in the digital world

When lawmakers enacted the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, they never conceived of the world we live in today. Fewer than 10 percent of U.S. households had a computer at home, the internet was a mystery to most and cell phones — which looked nothing like today's powerful devices — were used by fewer than 1 percent of Americans.

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Jul 31, 2016 | Brad Smith, Reforming Laws | International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA)

ICPA: A much-needed legislative path to modernize outdated digital data laws

Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Christopher Coons (D-Delaware), and Dean Heller (R-Nevada) introduced legislation that would clarify how U.S. warrants for digital information apply in the U.S. and abroad. The International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA) updates antiquated data laws to better meet the needs of law enforcement, while protecting people’s privacy rights. In today’s fast-moving digital...

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