WASHINGTON, D.C. —The Digital 4th coalition released the following statement today after the Email Privacy Act successfully passed the House 419-0:
“The House’s overwhelming, bipartisan approval of the Email Privacy Act is a major victory in the effort to secure our digital privacy rights. Americans deserve to know that their emails, tweets, and other online communications are fully protected from warrantless search and seizure by the Fourth Amendment.
“Thank you to Speaker Ryan, House Majority Leader McCarthy, Chairman Goodlatte, Ranking Member Conyers, and Representatives Yoder, Polis, Poe and DelBene for their leadership and dedication in shepherding the Email Privacy Act through approval, and we thank the 314 House cosponsors who rose above partisan politics in support of safeguarding Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights.
“The next step is for the Senate to take up this crucial issue. With more than a quarter of Senators co-sponsoring companion legislation, it is time to pass ECPA reform once and for all.”
Digital 4th is a bipartisan coalition dedicated to bringing Fourth Amendment protections into the 21st century. The members consist of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and Heritage Action for America.