CCAGW Leads Coalition to Support the International Communications Privacy Act | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Leads Coalition to Support the International Communications Privacy Act

Press Release

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
September 20, 2016 

(Washington, D.C.) – The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), along with a coalition of taxpayer organizations, sent a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary Committees expressing their support for S. 2986/H.R. 5323, the International Communications Privacy Act of 2016 (ICPA).  The letter reads in part: 

“On behalf of the millions of members and supporters of the undersigned organizations, we write to express our support for S. 2986/H.R. 5323, the International Communications Privacy Act of 2016 (ICPA), and urge you to enact this important legislation.  ICPA would provide much-needed clarity for U.S. law enforcement agencies to obtain electronic communications stored abroad.  The bill contains provisions that would protect the privacy of American citizens, promote cross-border data flow, provide adequate tools for law enforcement, and enhance the nation’s global trade agenda.”

“S. 2986/H.R. 5323 would require U.S. law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant for the content of electronic communications stored with electronic communications service providers and remote computing service providers.  The legal framework will allow authorities to obtain the electronic communications of U.S. persons, regardless of where those communications are located.  It also allows law enforcement to obtain electronic communications relating to foreign nationals in certain circumstances.  S. 2986/H.R. 5323 reforms the MLAT process and provides greater accessibility, transparency, and accountability by requiring the attorney general to create an online docketing system for MLAT requests and publish new statistics on the number of such requests.  The legislation also expresses the sense of Congress that data providers should not be subject to data localization requirements that are incompatible with the borderless nature of the internet, impede online innovation, and fail to meet the needs of law enforcement.”

“ICPA strikes the right balance between the legitimate needs of law enforcement and the privacy of American citizens, while enhancing international agreements.  We strongly urge Congress to pass the ICPA legislation.”

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.

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