The Digital 4th coalition commended Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), along with Representatives Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and Jared Polis (D-CO), for their efforts to protect Americans’ email privacy. Today, Sens. Lee and Leahy introduced the Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015 in the Senate, and Reps. Yoder and Polis introduced the companion measure in the House with broad bipartisan support. Both bills would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which says that government officials can access private online communications, such as emails and social media accounts, without a warrant from a judge. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015 has already garnered 228 co-sponsors, which surpasses a critical threshold of support from more than half of the House of Representatives.
“We are pleased this impressive group of Senators and Representatives have joined together to ensure that Americans receive online privacy protections they deserve. The Electronic Communications Privacy Act Amendments Act of 2015 is vital to securing Americans’ online communications. We call on leaders in both the House and Senate to pass these bills right away to make ECPA reform a reality,” said Gabe Rottman of the ACLU and a member of the Digital 4th Coalition.
“With more than 218 co-sponsors already backing the bill in the House, it is clear there is no better time to update the laws that govern our online privacy rights. We support the actions taken by Reps. Yoder and Polis and Sens. Lee and Leahy to secure our data from government intrusion. Their legislation will help ensure our laws are consistent with the era in which we live,” said Katie McAuliffe of Americans for Tax Reform and a member of the Digital 4th Coalition.