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Email Privacy Act Should Go to House Floor, Says Consumer Technology Association

Arlington, VA – December 1, 2015 – 
The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, regarding Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing entitled “H.R. 699, The ‘Email Privacy Act,’” which would update the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA):
“With technology changing the ways we live our lives and contributing exponentially to our economy, the U.S. government must prioritize citizens’ right to privacy as the amount of data we create, share and collect grows rapidly. Consumers should be able to trust that their personal data is legally protected, whether it’s stored or transmitted online or in their possession.
“The Email Privacy Act sets out to do just this, ensuring online communications are treated with the same privacy protections as physical mail. Bringing the Electronic Communications Privacy Act up-to-speed with modern technology ensures the government must obtain warrants before searching our inboxes and text messages.
“CTA commends House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and the Committee for holding a hearing to strengthen privacy rights online. With 304 co-sponsors, the Email Privacy Act has the support it needs to be brought to the floor. We urge Congress to put consumers’ privacy rights first and quickly pass this bill.”
About the Consumer Technology Assocation

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, is the trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer technology industry. More than 2,200 companies – 80 percent are small businesses and startups; others are among the world’s best known brands – enjoy the benefits of CTA membership including policy advocacy, market research, technical education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CTA also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.