Federal Policy Agenda


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Trusted Technologies

Trusted Technologies Principles

  • As the world’s information technology leader and the home to the vast majority of the world’s major information technology providers, the United States has a unique opportunity to provide leadership in the establishment of a legal framework that recognizes the legitimate rights and needs of consumers, businesses, governments, and the American economy.
  • To ensure the appropriate balance between personal liberty and public safety in a free and democratic society, it is important to have a frank discussion on the government’s surveillance authority.  The discussion should include assurances that executive branch surveillance authority is subject to meaningful judicial and legislative oversight and follows the rule of law.  It is also important that the United States works with its allies to ensure there are proper global legal frameworks within and among other countries.
  • The United States faces real and significant threats.  These threats heighten the need for domestic and international trust in U.S.-based technology companies, which play a central role in building and operating an open, global Internet.
  • To the extent that customer communications do not compromise the legitimate need for government secrecy in ongoing government operations or investigation, U.S. technology companies need the ability to communicate with their customers about the nature, number, and scope of government requests for data.
  • Strong encryption is a commercial necessity that underpins millions of daily transactions and allows companies to safely store and move sensitive information.

ECPA Reform Principles

  • ECPA reform should create a clear set of rules for law enforcement access that are in line with users’ expectations of digital privacy in the 21st century.  These rules should safeguard end-user privacy, provide clarity for service providers, and enable law enforcement to conduct effective and efficient investigations.
  • The ECPA statute needs to be updated to reflect how information is managed and stored today. 
  • ECPA reform should provide a document stored in the cloud with the same protections the document would enjoy if it were stored under user control.
  • ECPA reform should require a warrant for content regardless of how old that stored content is or where it is stored.
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