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Washington, D.C.—Today, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT)— the Chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force—ended his comments in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with US Attorney General Jeff Sessions by promoting the International Communications Privacy Act (ICPA). This legislation, sponsored by Senator Hatch, would clarify US law enforcement’s ability to obtain electronic communications around the world.

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First, a comment on the Supreme Court’s recent decision to grant cert in the Microsoft Ireland case.

Now, I know the Department and I have different views on this case, and the topic remains controversial.

That’s why I introduced the International Communications Privacy Act, or ICPA, to create a clear framework for determining when law enforcement may access an individual’s electronic communications, regardless of where those communications are stored.

No matter which way the Court rules, I believe this is a policy question that Congress needs to decide. Congress, not the Court, should be the body that determines our data privacy laws.

I’m grateful to the Department for its work thus far with me on ICPA, and I hope you’ll continue working with me to refine the bill so it can be enacted into law. 

Recently, BSA—the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments—spoke in support for ICPA and modernizing digital data laws in a video message:

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