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Thank You House for Passing Email Privacy Act, says CTA

Arlington, VA – April 27, 2016 – 
The following statement is attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, regarding the House of Representatives’ passage of H.R. 699, the Email Privacy Act:
   “The House of Representatives definitively protected consumers’ privacy today by empowering Americans to safely create, share and collect electronic data in a secure and private manner. We commend them for their leadership. 
   “Passage of the Email Privacy Act will update the antiquated Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA), requiring the government to get a warrant before searching email, voicemail or text messages stored in the cloud. This legislation will eliminate the different requirements for cloud data, replacing them with a single standard so online communications are given the same privacy protections as physical mail. This helps instill confidence in consumers that personal data is legally protected, no matter where it is stored.
   “We thank Reps. Kevin Yoder, Jared Polis, John Conyers and Bob Goodlatte and his 314 co-sponsors for championing consumer privacy and bringing the ECPA up-to-speed with modern technology. Today’s vote is a clear, bipartisan sign that it’s time for federal law to recognize the realities of today’s data storage. We urge the Senate to advance this legislation.”

About the Consumer Technology Assocation

Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM is the trade association representing the $287 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. The Consumer Technology Association also owns and produces CES® – the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Profits from CES are reinvested into CTA’s industry services.