The Email Privacy Act (H.R.699) sponsored by Kevin Yoder with an incredible 314 cosponsors finally began moving forward after a year long stall. Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee reached a unanimous 28-0 vote and the Email Privacy Act is expected to move forward through the full chamber.
Committee member Jerrold Nadler made the statement:
“Our nation’s laws must be brought up-to-date with advances in technology to clarify issues of electronic privacy and third-party involvement, which is why the significance of this legislation cannot be overstated,”
“It’s clearly time for federal law to reflect the realities of today’s technology, and we urge the House to prioritize consumers’ right to privacy and quickly pass this bill.” said Gary Shapiro, President of the Consumer Technology Association, in a statement.
The Act aims to “prohibit a provider of remote computing service or electronic communication service to the public from knowingly divulging to a governmental entity the contents of any communication that is in electronic storage or otherwise maintained by the provider, subject to exceptions.”
The exception being government entities can require the disclosure of information only if they have a warrant which will close a loophole in the Electronic Communications Privacy Act
(ECPA) that allows them to obtain