(The Hosting News) – PIPA and SOPA may be old news – but another act is sparking key concerns for web activists.
Known as the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the bill is currently at the center of a discussion carried out by a key U.S. House subcommittee. Although the bill has been around since 1986, it constantly requires revisions as new technology emerges via the market.
And on Friday, the group known as the i2Coalition (Internet Infrastructure Coalition), representing a number of entities in the web hosting community, sent a letter to Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), asking for the implementation of a new provision.
Adding such a reform would add a warrant requirement before law enforcement could perform search of what’s described as “online communications.”
“This provision would establish consistent privacy protections regarding how information may be accessed by law enforcement. Information, regardless of whether it is in transit, received or in storage, should be afforded the same privacy protection. Further, a strict warrant requirement for accessing contents of electronic communications will create a clear rule, allowing easier and more consistent compliance by providers and law enforcement,” stated the i2Coalition via the letter.
The group also cited the U.S. Constitution’s fourth amendment when emphasizing the matter – a part of the document that protects against unreasonable searches and seizures.
The move follows a Capitol Hill event held last month in which the i2Coalition held an education summit with lawmakers including U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Ron Wyden (D-OR).