“The Department of Justice has not made the case for granting law enforcement broad new powers over Internet companies for purposes of new wiretap authority. There are a number of serious unintended consequences with this flawed proposal.” Michael Beckerman, the CEO of The Internet Association, said in an emailed statement.
Monthly Archives: April 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, The Internet Association issued the following statement in support of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage of the Electronic Communications Privacy Amendments Act of 2013:
FreedomWorks has signed onto the following coalition letter supporting the ECPA Amendments Act.
The bipartisan measure, jointly written by Sens. Patrick Leahy and Mike Lee, comes in the form of an amendment to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or ECPA. ECPA was first passed in 1986 and requires law enforcement to get a subpoena, not a warrant with a judge’s signature, to read emails fewer than 180 days old or those that have been opened.
Excerpt: We, the undersigned companies and organizations, are writing to express our support for Chairman Leahy’s and Sen. Lee’s ECPA Amendments Act, S. 607, which the Committee will consider shortly. The bill would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) to provide stronger protection to sensitive personal and proprietary communications stored in “the cloud.” We urge all Members of the Committee to support the bill.
In Case You Missed It, Megan Hughes reports on tech companies lobbying in Washington, DC on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.”
In Case You Missed It, New Challenges for Immigration Deal. Plus – The internet security battle.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internet Association issued the following statement applauding the Senate Gang of 8 on their comprehensive immigration reform legislation, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013:
Yesterday marked an important day for Internet Freedom. The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to affirm the policy of the United States regarding Internet governance.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Internet on Main Street tour recently stopped in Lynchburg to highlight local entrepreneurs using the Internet in innovative ways to grow their businesses and create jobs. Last week, The Internet Association President and CEO Michael Beckerman was joined by Congressman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06), the Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce, the City of Lynchburg, and the small business community on a business crawl along Main Street. The tour included stops at four unique businesses including: Gladiola Girls boutique, Sam Stroud Photography Studio, Rush Homes Non-profit, and the Lynchburg Fine Arts Academy.
In Case You Missed It, To combat patent trolls, Rackspace supports the Shield Act, which stands for “Saving High-tech Innovators from Egregious Legal Disputes.” The bill, HR 6245, introduced by Congressman Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, seeks to protect technology companies from frivolous patent lawsuits that costs jobs and resources.