E-Mail Privacy Act Hits 218 Cosponsors, Polis, Yoder Call for Floor Vote
Today, Representatives Jared Polis (CO-02) and Kevin Yoder (KS-03) announced that the Email Privacy Act (HR 1852) has reached 218 cosponsors, signifying support from a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives. This bill would update the existing Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which was written in 1986, which allows the government to seize e-mail and other digital communications without a warrant provided the emails have been opened or are over 6 months old.
“I am thrilled that a majority of the House has now recognized that the government has no more right to read our e-mails than they do our paper mail or listen to our phone calls,” said Representative Polis. “I urge the House Leadership to bring this common sense bill to the floor to ensure that the American people’s electronic communications will be free from warrantless searches.”
"Ensuring emails are covered under the Fourth Amendment and protected from warrantless searches is a commonsense issue that unites both parties,” said Representative Yoder. “The bill continues to pick up momentum and I'm grateful we have a majority of the House on board."
H.R. 1852 – the Email Privacy Act would: