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House of Representatives unanimously passes Polis’s Email Privacy Act
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed Rep. Jared Polis’s (D-Colo.) Email Privacy Act (H.R. 387). Co-authored by Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.), the bipartisan bill would update federal law to require the government to obtain a warrant before searching Americans’ emails. In 1986, Congress passed the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which contained a loophole that allows the government to search Americans’ emails without a warrant if the emails are older than 180 days and stored on
“By passing this law unanimously, it’s crystal clear that Americans expect privacy protections for their emails,” said Polis. “It’s unacceptable that while technology has progressed from the floppy disk to the cloud, email privacy laws remain stuck in a decade where dial-up Internet was the standard. The Email Privacy Act will update these archaic laws for the 21st century, and protect Americans’ right to privacy. The public shouldn’t have to wait any longer for basic privacy protections to be applied to their emails.”
"Support for constitutional protections, like requiring the government to get a warrant to read email, remain bipartisan,” Center for Democracy & Technology Vice President for Policy Chris Calabrese said. “House leadership and the sponsors of the Email Privacy Act have made a powerful statement by moving the legislation so quickly in the new Congress. The House has acted to protect Americans' privacy. Now it's up to the Senate and the President to do the same."
“The House has taken an important step by once again unanimously passing the Email Privacy Act - a bipartisan bill that affirms that law enforcement must get a warrant to access Americans' digital content,” ACLU’s Neema Singh
The Email Privacy Act would:
Last Congress, the Email Privacy Act garnered more than 300 cosponsors and unanimously passed the House of Representatives 419-0. Yoder and Polis reintroduced the bill this Congress because the Senate failed to act before the 114th Congress concluded.
Polis, the founder of several startups and tech companies, including ProFlowers.com and Techstars, a startup accelerator, has been a leader
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