The fourth industrial age has been driven by a transformative digital revolution. Billions of people worldwide are now inter-connected. We have nearly unlimited access to knowledge, computer processing power, and cloud-based data storage.Read More
A coalition of right-leaning groups is pressing Congress to act on legislation that would create a new legal framework that allows law enforcement to access U.S. electronic communications held on servers abroad.Read More
Congress should act to pass proposed legislation to establish guidelines for data security in the digital age.Read More
Today, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) remarked on the Supreme Court’s recent decision to grant cert in Microsoft's warrant case, and ended his comments by promoting the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA), which would clarify US law enforcement’s ability to obtain electronic communications around the world.Read More
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...Read More
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...
Senators introduced bipartisan legislation Tuesday that would create a legal framework allowing law enforcement to access Americans' electronic communications in servers located in other countries.Read More
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...
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...
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...
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...Read More
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.Read More
U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch on Sunday criticized the U.S. Department of Justice for challenging a recent Second Circuit decision favoring Microsoft that restricted the government’s ability to access data stored overseas rather than working with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to resolve the issue through legislation.Read More
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...Read More
A bipartisan trio of senators on Wednesday took another stab at clearing up the debate over the U.S. government's ability to access user data stored abroad by rolling out a revamped legislative proposal that would establish a blanket warrant requirement and reform the process for cooperating with foreign governments on such demands.Read More
The president and chief legal officer of Microsoft, Brad Smith, argued this week before a U.S. House Judiciary Committee that current laws about government access to personal data are woefully antiquated.Read More
Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith spoke to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee today, and he brought an antique piece of technology to prove his point.Read More
The Justice Department faced withering criticism from House lawmakers at a Thursday hearing for its opposition to Microsoft-backed legislation aimed at limiting the geographical scope of a U.S. warrant.Read More