Septembei 9, 2u14

The Bonoiable Kevin NcCaithy
Najoiity Leauei
0.S. Bouse of Repiesentatives
Washington, BC 2uS1S

Beai Leauei NcCaithy,

We wiite to uige you to biing to the flooi B.R. 18S2, the bipaitisan Youei-Polis bill
upuating the Electionic Communications Piivacy Act (ECPA).

0puating ECPA woulu iesponu to the ueeply helu conceins of Ameiicans about theii
piivacy. B.R. 18S2 woulu make it cleai that the waiiant stanuaiu of the 0.S.
Constitution applies to piivate uigital infoimation just as it applies to physical
piopeity.

The Youei-Polis bill woulu aiu Ameiican companies seeking to innovate anu
compete globally. It woulu eliminate outuateu uisciepancies between the legal
piocess foi goveinment access to uata stoieu locally in one's home oi office anu the
piocess foi the same uata stoieu with thiiu paities in the Inteinet "clouu."
Consumeis anu businesses laige anu small aie incieasingly taking auvantage of the
efficiencies offeieu by web-baseu seivices. Ameiican companies have been leaueis
in this fielu. Yet ECPA, wiitten in 1986, says that uata stoieu in the clouu shoulu be
affoiueu less piotection than uata stoieu locally. Removing unceitainty about the
stanuaius foi goveinment access to uata stoieu online will encouiage consumeis
anu companies, incluuing those outsiue the 0.S., to utilize these seivices.

B.R. 18S2 woulu not impeue law enfoicement. The 0.S. Bepaitment of }ustice
alieauy follows the waiiant-foi-content iule of B.R. 18S2. The only iesistance to
iefoim comes fiom civil iegulatoiy agencies that want an exception allowing them
to obtain the content of customei uocuments anu communications uiiectly fiom
thiiu paity seivice pioviueis. That woulu expanu goveinment powei; goveinment
iegulatois cuiiently cannot compel seivice pioviueis to uisclose theii customeis'
communications. It woulu piejuuice the innovative seivices that we want to
suppoit, cieating one pioceuuie foi uata stoieu locally anu a uiffeient one foi uata
stoieu in the clouu. Foi these ieasons, we oppose a caive-out foi iegulatoiy
agencies oi othei iules that woulu tieat piivate uata uiffeiently uepenuing on the
type of technology useu to stoie it.

B.R. 18S2 is co-sponsoieu by ovei 26u Nembeis, incluuing a majoiity of the
majoiity. We uige you to biing it to the flooi. We believe it woulu pass
oveiwhelmingly, pioving to Ameiicans anu the iest of the woilu that the 0.S. legal
system values piivacy in the uigital age.

Sinceiely,
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