Reps. Marino, DelBene Thank Chairman for Additional Hearings on Digital Privacy
Washington D.C.— Congressman Tom Marino (R-PA) and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) issued the following statement after receiving a firm commitment from House Judiciary Chairman, Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), that more hearings will be held on key digital privacy issues, including the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act, or the LEADS Act:
“We are appreciative of Chairman Goodlatte’s pledge to conduct more hearings at the full committee level which will include the occurrence of warrants served upon U.S. companies for data stored overseas.
We applaud the Chairman’s leadership in vetting the issues surrounding the reach of law enforcement in the digital age—especially in the case of warrants served upon third parties for their customers’ electronic communications. While yesterday’s hearing on H.R. 699-the Email Privacy Act, was a critical step forward, it only covered data stored domestically.
Congress has failed to address questions about the extraterritorial reach of U.S. warrants that seek electronic evidence for too long. We have proposed a reasonable and simple fix within our bill. A full committee hearing is the best venue to explore these issues and potential solutions from an array of experts.
The American technology industry is the envy of the world, but it is critical that we secure the ability to maintain our competitive edge for customers around the world who already trust the superiority of American products.
This means we must not only respect user privacy but the sovereignty of other nations. The LEADS Act will establish clear parameters for the reach of a US search warrant notably that they do not extend outside our borders when a foreign citizen’s data is sought.
We look forward to working closely with the Chairman to establish clear protocols for law enforcement to access critical data, while ensuring U.S. companies are not forced to violate a customers’ right to privacy.”
- On February 27, 2015, Congressman Marino and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) introduced a bipartisan solution to the all too common and complicated problem of international data storage and governmental access. The legislation balances the critical needs of law enforcement and sovereignty of foreign nations with the importance of respecting privacy and personal information. To date the bill has 125 bipartisan cosponsors.