(The Hosting News) – Shortly following its insistence that a new provision be added to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the group known as the i2Coalition issued a statement applauding Congress’s focus on the issue.
Board Chair Christian Dawson, also Chief Operating Officer of hosting company ServInt, issued the following statement on Wednesday:
“The Internet Infrastructure Coalition strongly supports the bipartisan ECPA reform legislation introduced by Senators Patrick Leahy and Mike Lee. The bill will bring ECPA into the Internet age by ensuring that citizens can expect the same due process rights with email and other electronic messaging as they do with more traditional forms of communication.
“By simply requiring that law enforcement follow well-established judicial procedures to access consumer data, the Senators’ proposal would strengthen American economic competitiveness by removing a key objection many non-U.S. companies have to entrusting that data to domestic infrastructure providers. These commonsense reforms will protect privacy while still providing law enforcement agencies with the tools necessary to do their jobs effectively.
“In addition to this action in the Senate, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte has said that updating ECPA will be one of his top priorities, and yesterday hearings were held by the House Judiciary’s subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. The i2Coalition applauds both Chambers of Congress for taking these reforms seriously.”
The i2Coalition formed last year following online protests which eventually led to the shelving of controversial bills including the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. Last month, the organization was on Capitol Hill, holding an event alongside U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Ron Wyden (D-OR).
Members of the group include prominent hosting and cloud companies such as CloudLinux, Codero, OnApp, cPanel, Parallels, SoftLayer and Rackspace.