TechNet Statement on Supreme Court Arguments on International Online Privacy Case
Washington, D.C. — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today commented after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in U.S. v. Microsoft Corp. The issue in question is whether the Stored Communications Act — passed in 1986 — requires a U.S.-based company to comply with a court order to turn over electronic communications stored in servers held abroad. TechNet members Amazon, Apple, Cisco, eBay, Facebook, HP, Oath, and Verizon jointly filed an amicus brief in support of Microsoft’s position.
The following statement can be attributed to Linda Moore, President and CEO of TechNet:
“It has been over three decades since Congress passed the Stored Communications Act, and neither policymakers nor our laws have kept up with the transformative innovations that have reshaped the way we communicate and the global nature of digital trade. We hope the Supreme Court will agree with Microsoft’s position and take an important step to safeguard citizens’ privacy rights online and provide greater clarity on how this law applies today.
“However, the best approach on this issue is for Congress to finally act and modernize our laws. Congress should pass the CLOUD Act, which safeguards our citizens’ privacy rights, ensures law enforcement has the tools they need to protect us, and enhances cooperation between governments.”
As part of our efforts to bring our online privacy laws up to date for the 21st century, TechNet has endorsed the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation which would modernize laws enabling law enforcement to seek data stored in other countries while helping protect consumers’ rights. TechNet joined a broad coalition in signing an industry letter to Congress on February 6 in support of passing the legislation.
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